Antonio Bryant has been out of the NFL for two years, but that didn't stop the Seattle Seahawks from giving him a serious look over the past week. I think this might hint at a desperation being felt at the front office for the team to improve on offense in the 2012 season. The passing game was pretty weak last year, but I really don't think Bryant is the type of player that is going to step in and become the difference-maker that the Seahawks need.
I was relieved when the last minicamp came to an end and the Seahawks did not extend a contract offer to Bryant. Danny O'Neal of The Seattle Times pointed out that it was "an accomplishment of sorts" that he could even finish up the practices and I think that speaks volumes about Bryant's ability to become an impact player right away.
Bryant has spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during his eight years of action. His best season was in 2008, when Bryant had 83 catches for 1,248 yards and 7 touchdowns. Those were great numbers, but it marked just the second time in his career that he had surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a season.
I don't think that Bryant is an impact player any longer and that the best he can hope for his a supporting role for a team. That isn't what the Seahawks need, especially with four guys already capable of putting up good numbers for the team. The biggest question mark for the receiving corps of the Seahawks is health and I think that if players like Mike Williams can simply stay healthy, that they could put up some very nice numbers in the 2012 season.
The Seahawks could end up taking another look at Bryant during the NFL offseason, but I really hope that he isn't a player that will take away a roster slot from someone younger or more talented. I would rather see what Williams, Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate and Ben Obomanu can do during a season where all five of them can stay healthy. Rice is the biggest wild card, because if he can come into the season healthy and in shape, he has the talent to put up huge numbers for the team.
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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a lifelong fan of the Seattle Seahawks that continues to hold out hope that the team is heading in the right direction with Pete Carroll and that the team will play in the 2013 Super Bowl.
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