Let’s be fair to the Bengals. It’s possible they eventually sign Reid.
Still, the fact the owner of the Bengals, of all teams, grilled Reid about his protests while for decades having a cadre of terrible people on the roster is another sign that some teams and owners don’t get it.
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Teams protect guys like Jones while condemning men like Reid.
It’s also not just all owners. At the owners meeting last month, coach Marvin Lewis said the Bengals were just about football.
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We are about playing football, he told reporters. [Players who] have other agendas, this is not the place to be. On Sunday for us and throughout the week in the building, it’s about football. That’s how I’ve approached it. Whatever happens from the league standpoint we will go along with, but that is what our guys know. And they handle Womens Teez Tabor Jersey that for me. I don’t have to have a voice. They understand what I am about, anything beyond that gets in the way of us doing what we want to do and that’s winning football games.
He reiterated that desire on Twitter:
Bryant made his reasoning crystal-clear later, per NFL Network’s Dan Hellie: Being in the division is a huge possibility it’s something that I want. It’s personal. I’m tired of being the scapegoat, and I’m going to keep proving that on and off the field.
After signing a聽five-year, $70 million deal聽in 2015, he was due $12.5 million in 2018 and carried a cap hit of $16.5 million. While many will point to the money as the reason behind his release, the three-time Pro Bowler feels it was more than that:
The Cowboys took Bryant in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, and he had spent his entire career in Dallas. He hauled in 531 catches for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns in his eight seasons with the team. He had a three-year stretch from 2012-14 in which he was one of the best wideouts in the league, hauling in at least 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns in each campaign.