As it turns out, they did. So much so, in fact, that they cut him today. They just straight up, outright axed Bryant, eating the $8 million in guaranteed money that they gave him back in March.
In the end, the Bengals gave Bryant that $8 million for 172 days of practicing. Poorly.
That's not a good return on investment for the Bengals. This is the kind of thing that gets people fired. Sure, everyone will whiff on a free agent or a draft pick once in a while, but when a guy gets heavy guaranteed dollars and he doesn't even stick on the roster through the preseason? That's a big one.
Even worse, it was a preventable screw-up. It's not like Bryant's production took a nosedive, or he got lazy after signing a big contract. It's not like he just never fit into the Bengals' system. He simply wasn't healthy.
You knew there was gonna be a post! Sign Antonio Bryant or not? I think he's an immediate upgrade over any one we have besides Santana Clause, if healthy. So let me hear it, in or out?