While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not get the big play wide out they wanted in the draft in Calvin Johnson, they may get some help from troubled receiver Antonio Bryant. The former 49’ers wideout will not be able to play until week three due to a suspension, but that did not stop the team from working him out on Wednesday at their complex.
Bryant pled no contest recently to reckless driving and was sentenced to a year of probation for driving more than 100 MPH back in November in San Mateo, California. The suspension came back in late December after he violated the league’s substance abuse policy.
Last season Bryant got off to a good start with the 49’ers, as he made some big plays early. This came after jumping on board with San Fran last offseason, signing a 4-year deal worth $5.25 million. Last season he caught 40 passes for 773 yards and three TD’s. His production with San Fran dropped as he ran into troubles with coach Mike Nolan, then came the suspension which ended his season and only year on the coast.
A former receiver with the Cowboys and Browns, Bryant would add help to a Bucs core that lacks big play production. With 250 catches for 3,837 yards and 19 TD’s, Bryant could find himself as the number two wide out in the rotation in Tampa Bay with Joey Galloway, who turns 36 in November. Over the past two years, Bryant has 15 catches of at least 20 yards, better than anyone currently on the TB roster.
The big problem with Bryant is his attitude as well as his tendency to start strong and disappear as the season goes along. Tampa Bay needs wide out help, bad, so don’t be surprised if the team takes on Bryant with a deal that would include plenty of incentives for playing time and catches.