Buccaneers sign WR Bryant

Unable to nab some of the top free-agent talent at wide receiver so far this offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved to shore up their depth by taking a flier on former second-round pick Antonio Bryant.

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With Seattle's D.J. Hackett and Arizona's Bryant Johnson still on the free-agent market, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers instead moved to sign former second-round pick Antonio Bryant to a contract on Monday.

Bryant didn't play football in 2007 after playing five NFL seasons with Dallas, Cleveland and San Francisco from 2002-06. He compiled career numbers of 3,837 yards receiving, 250 receptions and 19 touchdowns.

The Cowboys originally made Bryant a second-round pick (63rd overall) in 2002.

Many viewed wide receiver as a top need for the Buccaneers on the free-agent market in 2008, but thus far the Bucs have done little to shore up the position. Ten of Scout.com's Top 16 wide receivers have already signed new contracts, including Randy Moss (New England), Bernard Berrian (Minnesota) and Jerry Porter (Jacksonville).

Johnson, who reportedly met with Tampa Bay last week, is the top remaining free agent, followed by Hackett, who has curiously drawn little interest in free agency.

Carolina's Drew Carter, Washington's Reche Caldwell and Minnesota's Robert Ferguson are also among some of the more notable remaining free agents.


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