The Sporting News breaks down the top-eight worst free agent signings this year, and it’s no surprise that the Bengals-Antonio Bryant marriage (and the four-year, $28 million dowry that goes with it) tops the list.
Already, there’s been plenty of talk across the national airwaves today about Terrell Owens and Bryant and Chad Ochocinco – I’ve already done video for CBSSports.com, and radio stations in Albuquerque and Edmonton have been in touch – and in this case, I agree with Mike Florio when he writes, “… (W)ith Bryant potentially the odd man out when the team employs two-receiver sets, it made no sense for the Bengals to pay him so much money so early in free agency. Already rumblings have emerged Bryant could be cut, but with $7.85 million already in hand, it's unlikely Cincinnati will dump him before 2011.”
I still don’t completely understand why the Bengals signed Owens. I don’t know if it’s a problem with Bryant’s knee, though coach Marvin Lewis is adamant that the knee isn’t the reason why Owens was signed. But considering the Bengals signed Bryant instead of Owens earlier this year, there has to be some reason the Cincinnati front office decided to invest in Owens.
Among the moves that also draw the ire of Florio: QB Jake Delhomme to Cleveland, RB LaDainian Tomlinson to the Jets and LB Joey Porter to the Cardinals.
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