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Antonio Bryant
No. 84     Cincinnati Bengals
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: March 9, 1981 (1981-03-09) (age 29)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 63
Debuted in 2002 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions     372
Receiving yards     5,685
Receiving TDs     30
Stats at NFL.com

Antonio Bryant (born March 9, 1981 in Miami, Florida) is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Pittsburgh.

Bryant has also played for the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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College career

While playing college football at the University of Pittsburgh, Bryant won the Fred Biletnikoff Award in 2000, as the most outstanding college wide receiver. He accomplished this feat as a sophomore; the only other person to do so was Randy Moss until fellow Panther Larry Fitzgerald achieved the feat in 2003. Michael Crabtree also won the award as a sophomore in 2008 and a Freshman in 2007.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Bryant was selected in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, but in 2004 he was traded to the Cleveland Browns for wide receiver Quincy Morgan after a heated exchange with head coach Bill Parcells.

Cleveland Browns

Bryant spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons with the Browns before becoming a free agent.

San Francisco 49ers

Bryant would later sign as a free agent with the 49ers in 2006.

On March 1, 2007 Bryant was released by the 49ers because of clashes with head coach Mike Nolan. This came one year after he signed a four year, $14 million dollar contract.[1]

Reinstatement

On September 17, 2007, Bryant was reinstated by the league, but was not able to sign with a team, partly because of a failed drug test over the summer. In October 2007, he filed a lawsuit against the NFL to try to get them to stop drug testing him since he is not currently a player, and to drop the failed drug test.[1] In December 2007, the case was resolved without the details being released.[2]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On March 10, 2008, Bryant signed a deal for the veteran minimum with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had a career game on Monday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers. He had 9 receptions for 200 yards, including a one handed touchdown catch dubbed "catch of the year". Despite his performance, the Buccaneers lost 38-23.

Bryant finished the 2008 season with 83 catches for 1,248 yards and 7 touchdowns while averaging 15 yards per catch. He was the Buccaneers' leading receiver.

On February 18, 2009, Bryant was given the Franchise tag by the Buccaneers.[3] He accepted the franchise tag on February 26, 2009.

On February 25, 2010 Antonio Bryant was released by the Buccaneers.

Cincinnati Bengals

On March 10, 2010 Bryant signed a 4-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals worth a reported $28 million. [4]

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