Bengals admit free agent blunder; dump WR Antonio Bryant

Well, the Bengals finally acknowledged the elephant in the room.

In a move that signals the end to perhaps the most disasterous and embarassing free agency mistake the team has ever made, WR Antonio Bryant was released today.

There was no injury settlement announced, nor any move to season-ending injured reserve.  The team has simply moved on. This seems to signal that the team has no confidence in Bryant’s ability to play anytime in the near future.

At least 5 million dollars were wasted, and frankly, team doctors, coaches and pro personnel scouts should be evaluated to determine how this could have happened.

At any rate, this opens another WR spot for one of the other receivers.  Assuming the team keeps six, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, and Jordan Shipley are locks.  Andre  Caldwell is probably safe.  That leaves two spots for Quan Cosby, Jerome Simpson, Matt Jones, Dez Briscoe, and Maurice Purify.

At this point, my money’s on Quan Cosby and Dez Briscoe.

In other news, the team cut LS Mike Windt and put S Gibril Wilson on season-ending injured reserve.

The roster is now down to 77.  The team needs to cut two more players by Tuesday to get to the 75-man limit.

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