Antonio Bryant, was on Sporting New Radio”s ” “The Tim Montemayor Show”” whining about his pay raise for 2009.
“[But it’s] a one year contract, it’s a ‘prove yourself’ contract, again, and the circumstances for me have gotten a little tighter. Now I’ve got quarterbacks fighting for opportunities to showcase their talents so the ability that was there last year is gone. We lost a lot of leaders, so we’re going to have to find some leaders in the locker room. And we’ve got some guys that can step up but there’s a lot more tweaks and new things I’ve got to get comfortable with again. So it’s simple situation, but an unfair situation for myself.”
Considering, no other team gave him a chance in 2008, while the team did not cave in to a ridiculous contract demand by Bryant’s agent, they did none the less reward Bryant for his efforts on the field by slapping him with the franchise tag, that will pay him nearly $8.5 million more in 2009 then he was paid in 2008.
It also seemed, that Bryant it none too happy that his life line is no longer the coach either.
“With Coach Gruden everybody knew that was my life line, that was Antonio Bryant’s lifeline to being in the NFL again and I’m not ashamed of that. Especially for a guy that has the desire and passion for the game. And you know everybody can have their own individual differences about Coach Gruden but I can honestly say . . . that he took the fall for a lot of shortcomings that our team had last year.”
Here’s some advice for Bryant, from a fanatic, look around the league and see how many veterans are currently out of work, now look at the current state of our economy and feel blessed that someone thinks your worth the nine plus million your are being paid to play the game.
If you are looking for more of the interview. Anwar Richardson, of the Tampa Tribune has it transcribed along with three segments of the interview for download in mp3 format.