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Hawks sign WR Bryant

Post by Eric Williams on July 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm with 18 Comments »
July 26, 2012 7:48 pm

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.

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  1. Hmmm…this makes me REALLY wonder why Williams was released. I am finding it hard to believe that Williams had less of a chance to make the team that Bryant does. There must be more of a story behind the Williams release than we know. Then again maybe Bryant will turn into the #2 guy and go all crazy with another 90 catch season…or not.

  2. Edwards must really be in bad shape because while Bryant was quite the playmaker in his day, his knee problems have been ongoing for years.

    I like that Carroll is kicking the tires on WRs. This group is one injury (Rice) and a few youngsters not developing (Lockette and Durham) away from giving the 2008 group a run for their money. They were bad last year (with the injuries). I think Rice gets it together and Lockette does develop into a stud, but in most other cases these would be low probability events.

  3. bbnate420 says:

    I agree Skavage. He must’ve not been in shape or was not playing with the same fire he did in 2010. Rumors to that effect have been talked about. Another possibility is that they felt they needed the money BMW would make in 2012 to sign Unger and CC. Maybe some combination.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Edwards’ hands are inconsistent at best. Even with Brynt signing, I’d be somewbat surprised to see him make the 53.

  5. That ’08 WR group was so bad that they would make Baldwin look like Jerry Rice and Tate as Randy Moss (before he turned a hundred). I remember when our back-up QB was our best WR and got hurt and we were down to our 7th or 8th option due to injuries. I have never seen any unit from any team ever get so decimated with injuries. That was an utter joke.

  6. Moss going all-retro in SF made Bryant jump off the couch, or is it the probability he burned through his $8 million guarantee?

    Probably both.

  7. While I’m hoping a 31 year old receiver who has knee issues and hasn’t played in 2 years isn’t better than the corp of guys we have now, I know PCJS look under ever stone. Hopefully he is just a camp body and a mentor to the younger guys.

    An interesting side note is, BMW (as far as I’ve heard) has not been contacted by any other team. Either his leg injury is still bothering him or lost his motivation and got lazy and fat. There is something more to the BMW story.

    I’m going to Training Camp tomorrow, I will try to put some comments out.
    Check my twitter…teruski

  8. ryanryan says:

    i’m with duke – SHOCKED if he makes the roster. he is a body to use for reps. his knees holding up through training camp would be a miracle in itself, let alone contributing during the regular season. i’m going to see them practice on tuesday – i will take a peak at him at that time. this isn’t a strong group…lynch and the o-line had better bring it week one.

  9. montanamike2 says:

    Just more fodder to keep the WR’s looking over their shoulders and not get too comfortable. I remember PC stating before the draft that he wanted the team to be so deep that it would be hard to crack the lineup, so far i’m impressed.

  10. NYHawkFan says:

    Might be an interesting way to get our young receivers some inexpensive coaching from a veteran during training camp.

  11. HawkyHann says:

    What a strech

  12. NYHawkFan says:

    Perhaps, but if I were a young receiver and was working out with a wily veteran, I’d pick his brain for all it was worth.

  13. I’m not sure he has a brain if you look at his history of being an idiot. lol

  14. I’m still upset that the BMW Reclamation Project is over. I wanted his story to end on a good note — perhaps him making the Pro Bowl or something. He did make some amazing catches in 2010, but he was also inconsistent. I still believed he could be a solid contributor. But I’m sure his contract and sub-par work ethic were enough for the Seahawks to send him packing.

    It’s always sad when a talented player lets his talent go to waste for whatever reason. I think Koren Robinson falls in the same category — he had the talent to be a Top Ten receiver in the league. But he also had a drinking problem.

  15. chrisj122 says:

    Let the WR’s fight it out for roster spots and may the best guy or guys win, however I sure hope by Monday they come to a decision on the starting QB. The teams needs to know who the starting QB is gonna be and let him get as many reps as possible with the first team.

    If this QB competition drags on too long in Traing Camp it will hinder the development of the entire offense if it already hasn’t.

  16. DreadHawks says:

    I’m sure PC/JS will be watching the waiver wire 24/7.I don’t think Bryant will make the final roster either.

  17. This makes sense to me. I don’t think Bryant is likely to make the 53, but that’s okay, he has an important role to play in camp.

    Competition to start at the SE position is between Tate, Durham, and Lockette.

    Tate is not experienced at SE, his limited experience is mostly at slot and flanker.
    Durham and Lockette have only a few games of experience, combined.
    So who is the veteran who is going to set the example for these guys in training camp?
    This was BMWs job – a veteran to lead the X receivers.
    If Bryant can be this guy, he will be a valuable addition to training camp.

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