The Tampa Bay Bucs are still in thought about adding former Cowboys, Browns, and 49’er wide out Antonio Bryant to the teams roster. There is without question the team needs help at wide out, but the internal discussion is if the team wants to commit money to a player with baggage, such as Bryant.
The team worked out the receiver last week, but despite his speed, which was impressive to the Bucs brass, there is no for sure of him joining the teams roster anytime soon. “Speed is a hard thing to coach, and it’s a hard thing to acquire,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said. “We’re looking for guys who can run, and certainly Bryant is a guy who does possess some speed. But there’s no guarantee he’s going to be a Buccaneer. It’s more of a research situation.”
Last year Bryant had an up and down season for the 49’ers, who he signed a big money deal with before the start of last season. He put up decent numbers for his only season in San Fran catching 40 passes for 733 yards and three touchdowns. His probelms were off the field, and he was was released by the 49ers in March after drawing a four-game suspension from the league for violating the substance-abuse policy and an arrest in November.
Bryant, who pleaded no contest May 11 to reckless driving, was fined and given one year of probation, says those problems are behind him, and he is anxious to continue his NFL career in a new city. Make no mistake, someone, somewhere, will sign Bryant and give him a shot. If that’s Tampa Bay or not is still up in the air.