The Cincinnati Bengals released wide receiver Antonio Bryant on Sunday.
Bryant came to Cincinnati with high expectations after signing a four-year, $28 million US contract in March. He was unable to overcome off-season knee surgery, though, and didn't appear in any pre-season games for the Bengals.
The move had been expected ever since Cincinnati signed Terrell Owens to become the No. 2 receiver behind Chad Ochocinco.
Bryant spent the past two seasons with Tampa Bay and fought through a knee injury in 2009 to catch 39 passes for 600 yards and four touchdowns over 13 games. In 2008, the eight-year veteran set career marks in nearly every offensive category with 1,248 yards and seven TDs on 83 receptions.
Over 106 career games for the Bucs, 49ers (2006), Browns (2004-05) and Cowboys (2002-04), the Pittsburgh product has amassed 5,685 yards, 30 touchdowns and 372 receptions.
The Bengals also released long snapper Mike Windt.
- With files from Sports Network