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Cincinnati Bengals sign WR Antonio Bryant

He will replace the recently cut Laveranues Coles. From ESPN-

Wide receiver Antonio Bryant has agreed to a four-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, his agent, Patrick Brougham, told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Wednesday.

Bryant’s contract is worth $28 million, a source told’s John Clayton. With incentives, he could make as much as $29 million.

Cincinnati’s addition of Bryant considerably lessens the possibility that the Bengals will sign unrestricted free agent Terrell Owens. A league source told Schefter that the Bengals never made Owens a contract offer.

Receiver Chad Ochocinco has been lobbying for the Bengals to sign Owens since the end of last season, when the Bengals’ passing game lacked a deep threat.

“There’s always been the speculation and perception out there [about coming to Cincinnati] and Chad kick-started it and lobbied to have me here as a teammate and I welcome it with open arms,” Owens, who made a visit to the Bengals, told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Bryant had career highs with 83 catches for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns in 2008 with Tampa Bay. He needed surgery for torn cartilage in his left knee during training camp last year, and was bothered by pain in the knee all season. He finished with 39 catches for 600 yards and four touchdowns.

Because of the knee, the Bryant signing looks risky to me. I understand why a team is reluctant to sign Owens because of the baggage that comes with that player but at this point in time I would gamble on Owens over Bryant.

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