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Bryant to Bengals: Good move

Posted on: March 10, 2010 5:37 pm


The Cincinnati Bengals probably won't be adding Terrell Owens, but they are adding receiver Antonio Bryant.

That is a great move for the Bengals.  Bryant reportedly agreed to a four-year deal for $28 million from the Bengals.

Bryant has some off-field issues, but he is a big-play receiver who should be a nice compliment to Chad Ochocinco.

There aren't a lot of free-agent moves that I've liked, but this is one of them. The Bengals had big problems stretching the field last season when Chris Henry went down with an injury and then was tragically killed.

The Bengals became more of a running team last year, but they need to give the ball more to Carson Palmer again. With Bryant, that probably will happen.

This is a passing league and the Bengals need to get back more to an up-tempo offense. The addition of Bryant will help open things up for Ochocinco.

Bryant was bothered by knee problems last year and had 39 catches for 600 yards and four touchdowns. He had 83 catches for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns in 2008 for the Bucs. That's the kind of production the Bengals need to get out of Bryant. If they do, watch out for that passing game.



Category: NFL

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2010 9:14 am

Bryant and TO playing for the Bengals

I like the Antonio Bryant signing for the same reason as many of you have already posted - the deep threat. However, the Bengals have always like playing a 3 WR set and Palmer loves hitting the middle of the field (his slot receiver) - hence Housh's huge states in Cincy. Why can't we get TO also. He will come at a cheaper 1-year price tag and we will have an explosive 3 WR set with TO working alot from the slot. He will be our TE that we currently do not have. I guess they are planning on playing Matt Jones in the slot role.

I like what the Bengals are trying to do and they are going to continue to improve if they keep making good decisions. We need to get a person that eats up the middle whether that is a TE like Gresham from Oklahoma or a bigger WR that likes to go over the middle. We also are missing that Ed Reed, Palamalu, type saftey. We get those pieces, watch out for Super Bowl contenders.

Since: Jan 20, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2010 3:02 am

Bryant to Bengals: Good move

I don't know if Boldin is a NO.1 receiver or not but anyone on the field that has Kurt Warner throwing to them is going to look good.  I guarantee he isn't going to have the success in Baltimore with Flacco throwing to him.  I am a Bengals fan and I would have gotten Marshall from the Broncos even if they had to give up a NO.1.  Bryant showed how good he was when he had Jeff Garcia throwing to him.  I think this is a great signing.  Only time will tell who is right though.

Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2010 12:28 am

Bryant to Bengals: Good move

i hate how people keep saying Boldin isnt a number one receiver. The Ravens arn't asking him to be a number one receiver or to take the whole load, he's simply another piece of the puzzle in making the Ravens offense better. The Ravens essentially only gave up a third round pick for Boldin, which is of good value considering they need a receiver to be able to play now, not to develope. Also i'd like to point out that its looking like the Bengals signed Bryant to basically the same contract that the Ravens gave to Boldin. So for 28 million, who would you rather have, Boldin or Bryant?

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2010 10:16 pm

Bryant to Bengals: Good move

A Bengals fan here who has some football knowledge.  TO can't stretch the field and drops too many balls, not to mention the added drama he would cause in the locker room.  B Marshall is a fledgling TO, except he could stretch the field if the Bengals had signed him and he holds onto the ball.  I think the problem with Marshall is the money they would have had to come up with to sign him.  Bryant can stretch the field, is more affordable, and of the three (TO, Marshall, Bryant) is the safest sign for Cincy.  He will upgrade the passing game, after last year almost anything is an upgrade over L Coles. 

Since: Sep 28, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2010 10:02 pm

Bryant to Bengals: Good move

anquan the last 2 years has 4 catches of 40 or more yeards and 20 catches over 20/ Antonio had 4 of 40 in 08 alone and has had 30 catches of 20 plus yards over the past 2 years despite knee trouble. Who has antonio had as a second reciever andquarterback? jeff garcia, a 40 year old joey galloway? seriously this guy if healthy is better than anqaun (who had fitzgerald to to his other side and a pro bowl quarterback in Warner+. Check your stats this is a great move for the bengals. 15 yards a catch i'll take that. Plus his issues over TO or Branden marshall are minute. Dont forget Anquan has also had disputes with his team. Go bengals!!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2010 8:49 pm

Bryant to Bengals: Good move

Bryant going to the Bengals is an outstanding move.  T.O. in Cincy would only give them the same problem they had with Coles there.  Antonio Bryant will stretch the field and MAYBE even take some pressure off of Chad.  The passing game was almost nonexistant last year.  Now we might have something to help the run this year.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2010 8:36 pm

Bryant to Bengals: Good move

Once again a Bengals fans shows their utter lack of football knowledge. 

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2010 7:22 pm

Bryant to Bengals: Good move

Boldin never plays the whole season and he's a crybaby.  I think the Ravens are the new Bengals.

Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2010 6:58 pm

Bryant to Bengals: Good move

I like this signing for 2 reasons:
  1. Bryant is a pretty good #2 receiver.  It solves the replacement of Chris Henry's vertical game.  This will allow us to explore picking up a good underneath receiver in the draft.
  2. It means no T.O. in Cincinnati.  I think Chad needed to be protected from himself when he requested TO to be signed.

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2010 6:54 pm

Not a good move

This is a mistake. While Marshall was going to be a difficult sign because of $'s, Bryant has little proven value, inconsistent, and injury and attitude prone. If Marshall wasnt signable, I would've given TO the 1-year or gone after Dez Bryant. The Bengals show little research and thought with their decisions, which starts with Mike Brown.

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