Antonio Bryant signs franchise tender
WR Antonio Bryant won't be going anywhere.
Though it was unlikely, the team's top offensive contributor will be locked into playing for the Bucs this fall as he will be signing his franchise-player tender today. As a result, Bryant won't be permitted to shop his services on the open market. There was a remote chance that a team could have agreed to yield two first-round picks to the Bucs to land him as a free agent.
But Bryant didn't give up his rights for nothing. He'll be paid $9.884-million for 2009, a sum that becomes fully guaranteed as soon as he signs. Bryant will be required to attend all mandatory offseason activities as a result of his contract becoming official.
There's a chance the sides could re-start their contract talks at some point, though those negotiations will certainly take a back seat for a while.