The team announced the move following this weekend's Indianapolis Scouting Combine, where they scouted primarily defensive talent.
But while the Lions will likely target the cornerback position in April, the move will earn the team some cap relief. Bryant was due a roster bonus March 1, and over $3 million in salary for the 2008 season.
The release of Bryant leaves just Stanley Wilson as the team's only mainstay corner under contract. They are actively attempting to re-sign unrestricted free-agents Keith Smith and Travis Fisher. Former Tampa Bay cornerback and Rod Marinelli cohort Brian Kelly is also considered a likely free-agent target of the Lions.
Bryant's departure could be among a flurry of potential moves in Detroit, though. In Denver, rumors are swirling that that the Broncos could acquire defensive tackle Shaun Rogers via trade. The Lions and Broncos have negotiated in the past, and RoarReport.com learned that Rogers could be dealt for a package of draft picks, or a first-day selection -- at least that's what the Lions want.
The Lions have been unhappy with Rogers' lackadaisical approach, and believe they can extract more value from him at this point in his career as opposed to his effort on the football field.
Bryant spent the previous four years in Detroit, but last year was the only in which the health-challenged defensive back was able to play all 16 games.