Earning a living in the NFL is an extremely difficult feat filled with physical punishment and emotional adversity. Unless, of course, you’re Antonio Bryant, who just received $8 million and a “thanks for almost showing up to practice” card from the Cincinnati Bengals.
The oft-injured receiver was released by the team earlier today, just weeks after inking a four-year, $28 million deal over the offseason.
With the addition of Terrell Owens to the team’s receiving core (and his subsequent Brokeback end zone relationship with Chad Ochocinco), the Bengals thought Bryant was just one ego too many on a team which seems confident they have the talent to lose by 17 points in the AFC Championship game.
As part of the collective bargaining agreement, Bryant will receive his signing bonus ($8 million) and never have to play a single down for the Bengals.
(Note: Before finishing this article I walked into my boss’ office and asked what I would receive if I got fired from Spike.com three weeks into my job. He said, “bus fare home and a look of shame from the janitor.”)
Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images