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March 8, 2010 @ 12:18 pm
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WR Bryant To Visit Bengals

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On the same day the Bucs lost reserve safety and special teams captain Will Allen to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay free agent wide receiver Antonio Bryant appears to be a few steps closer to landing with a new team.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports [Antonio] Bryant will visit Cincinnati on Tuesday. Bryant has been connected to the Bengals less than Terrell Owens and Brandon Marshall, but he makes a lot more sense.

At 29, Bryant is still in his prime. Unlike Owens, Bryant has deep speed to complement Cincinnati's short passing attack. Unlike Marshall, Bryant doesn't cost any trade compensation to acquire. And Bryant fits that whole "second chance" vibe Mike Brown loves so much.

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Greg Rosenthal

PewterReport.com's Take
: This news comes as no surprise. It has been common knowledge that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were planning to part ways with Bryant as far back as the 2009 regular season. At the combine in Indianapolis, Bucs head coach Raheem Morris told media members that the team would allow Bryant to leave in free agency, suggesting Tampa Bay had zero interest in re-signing him. The Bucs weren't happy about how Bryant publicly complained about his role in Greg Olson's offense last year. In addition, the team has some concerns about his durability after watching Bryant miss significant action as a $9.88-million franchise player due to a lingering knee ailment. It appears the Bucs could use Bryant since the team is super thin at the wide receiver position. In fact, if the season started today Michael Clayton, Maurice Stovall and Sammie Stroughter likely would be the team's starters. Tampa Bay is expected to invest a 2010 NFL Draft pick in a receiver, but it could also trade for a receiver or sign one in the second waive of free agency.

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