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Bryant's agent files grievance against Bengals

Posted on: September 8, 2010 8:40 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

Lately, Antonio Bryant has served as the poster child for the ruthless business practices of the NFL. Just about everyone defending holdout stars Darrelle Revis, Vincent Jackson, Logan Mankins and Marcus McNeil has brought up Bryant’s situation in Cincy. A. Bryant

By now, you know the story: Bryant signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Bengals in spring. Upon his joining the team, it was discovered that the bulky knee that prompted Tampa Bay to release Bryant was still an issue. (Presumably a bigger issue than the Bengals realized.) The Bengals went out and signed Terrell Owens. A few weeks later, they released Bryant.

Now, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Bryant’s agent, Lamont Smith, has filed a $3.1 million grievance against the Bengals. Smith says the club is still obligated to pay $1.55 million in base salary and $1.55 million in roster bonus, despite the fact that Bryant was let go before the season.

It should be noted that Bryant is not a poor victim here (literally – he’s not poor). He has already pocketed $7.85 million from the club in guarantees. It may seem greedy for him to go after another $3.1 million, but hey, he of all people can tell you, the NFL is a business.
Schefter writes, “The Bengals have seven days to respond to the grievance and decide whether they want to settle. If they don't, the case would go to the NFL Players Association and NFL management council for a ruling.”

Bryant hopes to join an NFL team this season, though according to his agent, he is at least four weeks away from being ready to play.

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Bryant's agent files grievance against Bengals

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Bryant's agent files grievance against Bengals

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Bryant's agent files grievance against Bengals

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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2010 6:21 pm

Bryant's agent files grievance against Bengals

Being a Director of Contracts myself, I usually fall on the side of whichever party is supported by the wording of the agreement they signed. But in THIS case, even without knowing what the agreement between the Bungles and Bryant states, HOW ON EARTH CAN A MEDIOCRE PLAYER WHO WOULDN'T EVEN BE READY (ie healthy enough) TO PLAY UNTIL WEEK 5 AND ALREADY GOT $7.85 MILLION (I wish I could double capitalize on "million") FOR A FEW WEEKS "work" THINK HE'S ENTITLED TO EVEN A SINGLE PENNY MORE?!?!?!?  What a shmuck.  His donkey, psuedo-tard, gimp arse needs to get down and thank GOD someone was dumb enough to pay him almost $8M when I could probably find a dozen WRs better than him down at my local flag football tournament.  What an ass...

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 4:08 pm

Bryant's agent files grievance against Bengals

All the analysts and experts assumed that Bengals had done their homework including medical clearance.......Their rating has to be seen in the light of outside observers. The Bengals made the deal and that makes it their "fault" that they signed him. This isn't about what Bryant said or didn't say. He went through medical testing and was cleared. That is a failure OR a gamble by the Bengals.

So with that said - they signed a player and cut him when he was injured. He has a right to his salary and it isn't his fault that the Bengals made a bad deal.

I don't care about the Bengals one way or another. So while cbuck thinks others should say "they hate the Bengals" mabye cbuck should say I love them (and Pitt from the avatar).....

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2010 1:24 pm

Bryant's agent files grievance against Bengals

When the Bengals signed Bryant all the analysts and experts touted it as an excellent pickup and a much better choice than Owens and the other FA WRs on the board after Boldin. His knee was examined and he was cleared. Don't really see how it's the Bengals fault that Bryant was deceitful with his injury and once he gets paid and practice starts, he starts getting gimpy and limping around. How convenient once you have a pay check of at least seven million in hand you suddenly can't run the way you did during the workouts. Even Trolls like some of the above posters should see that this was a very shady move on Bryant's part. If you're just posting because you hate the Bengals then just post, "I hate the Bengals" instead of sharing your biased and low brow opinion. Hindsight is such a convenient thing.

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2010 12:23 pm

Bryant's agent files grievance against Bengals

They should break the knees of the Bengals doctor who gave the all-clear to sign him.  Aside from that, Bryant is being unusually greedy given the situation.  Yes, he was promised a contract and probably felt like he was on his way to becoming a long-term contributor to the Bengals organization, but when injuries like this happen most teams will cut you.

Makes me wonder if he knows he's hurt badly enough that he may not come back from it, and is taking a last shot at wringing some money out of them because he doesn't feel like he'll get another payday in the NFL.  I'd hate to see it, both because it seems shady and because (when healthy) I think he'd be helpful to just about any team he's able to play for.

Since: Jun 3, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:29 am

Bryant's agent files grievance against Bengals

I am with you 100% on this, I have no idea why they signed this clown granted TO could amount to some crazy trouble in cincy with the zoo crew I mean batman and robin duo they have there.  But Lewis takes chance and if this works out at least for the season, and when TO gets unhappy in the locker room is palmer going to be able to keep him calm

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:03 am

Bryant's agent files grievance against Bengals

Easy answer: Because they are the Bengals.  They have a history of signing rejects.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 6:39 am

Bryant's agent files grievance against Bengals

I only have one question here...why did the Bengals sign this guy in the first place? Was he ever given a physical? Antonio Bryant has never been one of my favorite players. I remember when he was with the Cowboys and was always squawking about something. We traded him, and then he ended up on the Browns, then the 49ers, and finally the Bucs. They released why did the Bengals sign this schmo? He's never been a star, and certainly hasn't shown a lot of durability over the years...sad.

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