Tampa Bay Looking to Re-Sign Antonio Bryant, Could Franchise Him

Adam Gretz

by Adam Gretz

After bouncing around between Dallas, Cleveland and San Francisco over the first five years of his career -- and wearing out his welcome in each place, it seems -- Antonio Bryant found himself out of the NFL during the 2007 season. Prior to this season, the 27-year old Bryant signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and not only made the team out of training camp, he found himself as a starting wide receiver and, eventually, the Buccaneers go-to target in the passing game.

He had a career year in Tampa Bay, leading the team with 83 receptions, 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns, all of which were career highs. For his efforts, the Buccaneers are looking to re-sign Bryant, and as Jim Flynn of Pewter Report mentions, if the Buccaneers can't work out a long-term contract with him they would consider placing franchise tag on him, paying Bryant roughly $9 million in 2009.

The Buccaneers are expected to enter the free agency period with nearly $46 million in salary cap space -- most in the league -- so they should be able to handle such a number for their No. 1 receiver.

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