Apparently the Seahawks believe veteran receiver Antonio Bryant improved his conditioning enough to justify an opportunity to make the team’s final roster.
After working out another veteran receiver in Braylon Edwards on Thursday, the team announced that they signed Bryant to the 90-man roster. He’ll replace receiver Mike Williams on the active roster, another reclamation project the team recently released.
Bryant, 31, said he put on cleats and receiving gloves for the first time in two years during Seattle’s mandatory minicamp in June.
“I felt like you couldn’t find another human being to come out here from being dormant and do this,” said Bryant, who was released by Cincinnati before training camp started in 2010 because of a balky knee. “They probably would have quit, or their body would have fallen apart. So I feel good about that, and just being able to progress, not pass out and finish all of my practices.”
Bryant’s last full season was with Tampa Bay in 2009.
After his stint with the Bucs, Bryant signed a free agent deal with Cincinnati, but never played a down for the Bengals and ended up being released before the start of the season because of lingering knee issues.
Even though he did not play in 2010, Bryant still received $8 million in guaranteed money from the four-year deal he signed with the Bengals.
If healthy, Bryant (6-1, 211 pounds) could provide a big, physical body on the perimeter for the Seahawks, competing with Ben Obomanu, Kris Durham and Ricardo Lockette for reps at split end.
Seattle currently has 13 receivers on the roster. Durham (shoulder) and Sidney Rice (shoulder) are recovering from offseason surgeries.
A second-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2002 draft out of Pittsburgh, Bryant played three seasons with the Cowboys before being traded to Cleveland in 2004 for receiver Quincy Morgan.
Bryant played two seasons in Cleveland before becoming a free agent, signing a four year, $14 million deal with San Francisco in 2006.
But Bryant reportedly clashed with head coach Mike Nolan, and was released after the 2007 season.
Bryant signed for the league minimum with Tampa Bay in 2008 and had his best season, leading the team with 83 receptions for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns.
But he followed that up in 2009 with 39 receptions for 600 yards and four touchdowns, only starting in 11 games because of a knee issue.