View Full Version : Steelers could pursue Bryant?

02-12-2006, 10:10 PM
Steelers | Team could pursue Bryant
Sun, 12 Feb 2006 05:46:46 -0800

Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers could pursue Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Bryant, if the Browns decide not to re-sign him and they lose WR Antwaan Randle El via free agency.

Browns | Bryant not likely to be back
Sun, 12 Feb 2006 05:42:22 -0800

Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Bryant likely will not return to the team. He becomes an unrestricted free agent March 3 and the Browns have decided to move on without him. The team is not stating their decision publicly. "We're kind of wait-and-see on that one," general manager Phil Savage said of Bryant. "He wants to test (free agency) a little bit. I think it probably helps us a little bit that way, too." Lamont Smith, Bryant's agent, disputed that Bryant wants to test free agency. Smith believes Bryant's image was healed in his time with the Browns. "The great thing Cleveland allowed him to do was show he's a team player, and he makes plays," Smith said.

I don,t know about this. I'd rather keep Quincy.

02-12-2006, 10:13 PM
I like what Quincy has done for us. I've kept up with Antonio, and he's done pretty well (after a slow start), but if Randle-El is gone, I can think of a lot worse.

02-12-2006, 10:18 PM
Didnt he laugh at the thought of playing with us before?

02-12-2006, 10:31 PM
Yeah Blitz, I think he did, before the first game versus them.

02-12-2006, 10:47 PM
Well I guess if we can sign Gardocki after he gave us the finger, then we could give Antonio the benefit of the doubt if the opportunity arises. After all Quincy used to hate us too, but he respected us none the less.

02-12-2006, 11:05 PM
Is he actually from the Pittsburgh Area, or did he just go to Pitt from some other state? Cause if he's from this area, you know deep down he wants to be a steeler. Every kid born in this area has some kind of ties with the Steelers. My only concern is that didn't he used to be a 1st round pick? he could be asking for just a little under what Randle El wants

EDIT: Just did some research, he was actually taken at the end of the second round, so his price could be right. Plus, he's originally from Florida, so I'm not sure how much he knows about Pittsburgh and our Steelers. Plus, he probably hates us for being in his division. But, we are the reigning SB champs, and that's a gig that's hard to pass up...

02-12-2006, 11:26 PM
He played at Pitt, was a sensation. He didn't prosper under Parcells in Dallas immediately, was turned loose. Kid's got skills, but he has to lose any & all Florida attitude to have a prayer here.

Kinda nice to be the place good athletes WANT to come to, huh?

02-13-2006, 12:34 AM

I thought this was a thread about the Steelers possibly signing KOBE Bryant.

I would love to see that litlle b**ch go over the middle aginst Rodney Harrison or Ed Reed.

02-13-2006, 03:11 AM
He didn't prosper under Parcells in Dallas immediately, was turned loose

Parcells shipped him out because he threw a jersey into Parcell's face and had a little hissy fit. From that day forward Parcells was just waiting to get rid of him and finally did for Quincy Morgan. Then the brainiacs in Dallas let Morgan go so they can sign Peerless Price. What effing buffoons Price is horrible and Morgan showed a little promise last year.

02-13-2006, 07:27 AM
Antonio Bryant after the 41-0 Steeler whipping this past season............

"Humble pie, what?" he asked, refusing to back off from his stance. "You make me out to be the bad guy, and they ran a good scheme against our offense, but personally -- personally -- I can separate myself from the team and say, I don't feel they have one man over there that can cover me one-on-one. Go ask [the Steelers] if they covered Antonio Bryant one-on-one. Go ask them."

Basically, what I got from this quote. Hey, we lost, but me, me, me, me. He "separates" himself. He's talking about himself in the third person? What?!?!?! It get's better...............

"You ever heard of a video game called Tecmo Bowl?" asked the former Pitt star, "There were about eight [offensive] plays in Tecmo Bowl, four runs, four passes. So the other guy could pick your play. He can probably be 70 percent right in picking your play. That's how I felt today. They were guessing all of our plays."

Yeah, we also were "guessing" all of the Seahawk plays on our way to winning the Super Bowl.

If I recall correctly, wasn't this also the same guy that threw his practice jersey in the face of Bill Parcells? http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04209/352514.stm

I will be praying tonight Antonio Bryant is not sporting a Steeler jersey next season.

02-13-2006, 07:42 AM
Is he actually from the Pittsburgh Area, or did he just go to Pitt from some other state?

He was born in Miami, Florida.

02-13-2006, 10:12 AM
Antonio Bryant has been nothing but trouble from his days at Pitt and in the NFL.
His name shouldn't even be uttered in the same breath with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Atlanta Dan
02-13-2006, 11:46 AM
Sounds like a leak from Bryant's agent since he probably has worn out his welcome in Cleveland as well. No way Bryant is coming to the Steelers.

Bryant has the T.O. attitude without the T.O talent. Only reason I would want him to come to Pittsburgh would be to see what Cowher would do if Bryant threw something into Cowher's face.

I bet it would be something more than just cutting Bryant from the roster.

02-13-2006, 06:03 PM
The FO needs to make a serious effort to hang on to ARE. For a number of reasons: Number one Ward, El, Wilson, and Morgan sounds like a recieving corp I can live with as a Steelers fan. Secondly, one of the two teams persuing him is New England, and I can just picture us letting him go to them biting us in the butt come next year around January! Third, Bryant is a "me first" player, and one of the reasons this team was so successful down the stretch of the season and won a world championship is because those kind of players for the most part don't seem to exist in the Steelers' locker room.

I hope they keep it that way

02-13-2006, 06:39 PM
I'd rather have ARE over Bryant.

02-13-2006, 06:59 PM
Antonio Bryant?

No thanks.

02-13-2006, 07:07 PM
I say keep quincy!

02-14-2006, 04:17 AM
Well Hell if your going after Bryant you might as well do what you can to keep ARE.Bryant is inconsistent and his attitude makes him a decent #2 or a very good #3.I'd rather have some talent to go along with the attitude.Even though the WR corps coming out of college is kind of weak there is some raw talent there.....:helmet:

02-14-2006, 05:02 AM
We need no attitudes here, I think Cowher could work with that. But he drops alot of balls.

I thought this thread was about Kobe Bryant! Then nobody could out score us

02-14-2006, 10:04 AM
I watched him here at Pitt. The kid is good. As long as he keeps his attitude under control I would take him over Morgan or Washington anyday.

Atlanta Dan
02-14-2006, 11:41 AM
Bryant keeping his attitude under control is about as likely as Jerome Bettis not gaining weight in the offseason.

Bryant slipped in the draft becauuse of his attitude at Pitt and his behavior has not changed since he entered the NFL. In the post-T.O. world teams are reluctant to assume their locker room can turn a malcontent into a team player. Teams certainly are not going to take a chance on someone who has the apparent physical tools but has not produced on the field and also is a jerk.

02-14-2006, 11:50 AM
I'd rather pay ARE a mad sum of money than pay this fool a lot less for a whole lot less production.

Try to sign ARE,resign Morgan.

02-14-2006, 02:17 PM
I'd rather pay ARE a mad sum of money than pay this fool a lot less for a whole lot less production.

Try to sign ARE,resign Morgan.
I agree, plus EL has better hands, Bryant drops to many balls

11-22-2006, 07:37 AM
Thankfully we didn't pick up this punk.

49ers WR Bryant arrested on drunk-driving charge
Associated Press

SAN MATEO, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant was arrested on reckless and drunken driving charges after his Lamborghini was seen speeding faster than 100 mph on a freeway.

Bryant, 25, was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, driving under the influence and resisting arrest, police Capt. Kevin Raffaelli said.

An officer entering U.S. Highway 101 saw Bryant speed past and tried unsuccessfully to catch him, Raffaelli said. He radioed another officer who pulled over Bryant.

Bryant showed "signs and symptoms" of being drunk, Raffaelli said, and he was uncooperative, combative and verbally abusive. He refused to step out of the car, he said.

The officers were forced to use leather restraints to put Bryant in a seated position with his legs straight and his hands cuffed behind his back, Raffaelli said.

Bryant was booked into the San Mateo County jail early Monday morning and released a few hours later on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 28, according to San Mateo County sheriff's Lt. Lisa Williams.

Aaron Salkin, a spokesman for the 49ers, said the team was aware of the arrest, but declined to comment further.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press


steelfan 92
11-22-2006, 04:00 PM
we don't need anyone like that, we need good character guys on this team, not a guy with an attitude who could disrupt the whole chemistry of the team.

11-22-2006, 10:52 PM
What that doesn't say (it is all over the news in teh bay area) is that he went after the cops again in the police station.

11-23-2006, 09:41 AM
Good work FO. You guys didn't pick up a player demoralizing to ur team.

12-23-2006, 07:37 AM
Bryant suspended for substance-abuse policy violation

By The Associated Press
Saturday, December 23, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO -- Receiver Antonio Bryant was suspended for four games Friday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, dealing a blow to the San Francisco 49ers' faint playoff hopes.

Bryant has 40 catches for a team-high 733 yards and three touchdowns this season after signing with San Francisco as a free agent last summer, but the fifth-year pro hasn't shaken his career-long propensity for off-field trouble.

Bryant was arrested Nov. 19 on charges of reckless and drunken driving after his orange Lamborghini was seen speeding down a freeway several hours after the 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks. Bryant also was combative with the police, refusing to leave his car and eventually forcing officers to use leather restraints to keep him in a patrol car.

Coach Mike Nolan wouldn't say whether Bryant's suspension was related to his arrest, and the NFL doesn't comment on details of such suspensions. Though Nolan expressed disappointment in Bryant's predicament, he also said the 49ers have no plans to release or trade the receiver.

"He takes responsibility for it," Nolan said. "He was not argumentative in any way. He was disappointed for a number of reasons. The first one was that he felt he let his team down at a crucial time. ... He did not blame it on anyone else."

Though Bryant has fewer catches than Frank Gore and Arnaz Battle, he has been the 49ers' No. 1 receiver and best deep threat, averaging 18.3 yards per catch. Bryan Gilmore, who has just seven catches in his first season as the 49ers' No. 3 receiver, will replace Bryant in the starting lineup Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

The suspension will cost Bryant nearly $300,000 in base salary under his four-year, $15 million contract.

The 49ers (6-8) would win the NFC West if they win their final two games and the Seahawks lose their final two. But San Francisco, which faces Denver on New Year's Eve in its regular-season finale, will have to do it without Bryant, who missed practice Thursday and Friday for undisclosed personal reasons.

If the 49ers don't make the playoffs, Bryant also must miss their first two games next season. He is eligible to participate in offseason training and 2007 preseason games, but is banned from the 49ers' training complex until January.

"There are certainly some disciplinary things that will happen between he and I, but the league is the one who lowered this (suspension)," Nolan said. "This is between Antonio and the league."

Bryant, who won the Biletnikoff Award at the nation's top collegiate receiver while still a sophomore at Pitt, is with his third team in five NFL seasons. His career has been hampered by a history of headstrong behavior -- most notably a post-practice tirade directed at Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, in which Bryant threw his sweaty jersey at the coach.

Bryant was sent to anger-management counseling and eventually traded to Cleveland, where he had his first 1,000-yard season in 2005 despite falling out of favor with the coaching staff. San Francisco, desperate to add a top-flight receiver to the NFL's weakest group of pass-catchers, signed Bryant in spite of concerns about his character.

Bryant had been a dependable contributor and a solid team leader in San Francisco before his arrest, Nolan said. Two weeks ago, Nolan held Bryant out of the 49ers' first offensive series in a game against Green Bay as punishment for being 5 minutes late to a special-teams meeting one day earlier, which reportedly sparked a testy exchange between the two.

Yet Nolan stands behind his decision to sign Bryant, citing his talent and overall character.

"I hope (in the future) I'm still saying that it was a good decision to bring him here, and that he becomes a longtime 49er," Nolan said. "I think he has done a lot of growing up in the last four or five years in the NFL, but obviously we still have some work to do.

"We're not done with Antonio. He's still a part of this football team, and hopefully he gets things in order."


12-23-2006, 09:25 AM
HOLY CRAP! I guess Walt didn't teach his boys to stay out of trouble whether they're at Pitt or not.

12-23-2006, 03:24 PM
HOLY CRAP! I guess Walt didn't teach his boys to stay out of trouble whether they're at Pitt or not.

Some just never learn...


12-23-2006, 03:28 PM
Antonio Bryant.

what an idiot!

12-23-2006, 03:42 PM
Antonio Bryant.

what an idiot!

Short but sweet and accurate description!

Do these guys understand how fotunate that they are? :dang: