Because Of Contract, Bryant Should Shine

June 11th, 2009

Because he was slapped with the franchise tag in the offseason, wide receiver Antonio Bryant whined a great deal before, somewhat recently, piping down about his contract status.

Bryant had a breakout year last season. But maybe because of his checkered history the Bucs only signed him to a one-year deal with the franchise tag. Michael Fabiano of hints that was a smart move by the Bucs. Because he’s a free agent, Bryant will be motivated for another big year.

Bryant, who put up career numbers in what was a contract year last season, has been franchised by the Buccaneers and will have to "sing for his supper" in 2010 and beyond. While the motivation for a rich, long-term contract is evident, changes at the quarterback position and Bryant’s lack of consistent seasonal production in his career limits his value. Consider him a No. 2 fantasy wideout with middle-round value.

Joe could give a rat’s ass about Bryant’s “fantasy value.” Joe’s idea of fantasy has nothing to do with football (but a lot to do with Rachel Watson). Despite this, Fabiano’s point is clear: Bryant will bust his tail this year to get another big pay day.

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