Bucs are finished with Bryant

We can all stop speculating as to whether or not Antonio Bryant will be back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

However, we can all start speculating as to where the veteran wideout will be playing his football in 2010.

Antonio Bryant’s career in Tampa Bay is over, according to Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times. Head coach Raheem Morris made the announcement today to reporters.

“Antonio missed a significant amount of time last year,” said Morris. “And I’m not going to blame Antonio, but really, right now we’re going in a young direction. We’re going to choose to move on.”

The eight-year veteran started just 11 games in 2009 as he battled a knee injury for the majority of the season. In 13 total games, the wideout caught 39 passes for 600 yards with four touchdowns.

The two questions we turn to now are where does Bryant end up and how do the Bucs replace him?

Bryant is set to turn 29-years old in March but is just one year removed from a season in which he hauled in 83 passes for 1,248 yards with seven touchdowns. While he’s going to be looking for top-dollar this offseason, the guy has enough gas left in the tank to catch the eye of a few front offices.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers can look to the draft to address their now glaring need for a playmaking wide receiver. But is the No. 3 overall pick too high to invest in a pass-catcher, when you’re dealing with a defense that finished 2009 ranked 27th in both total defense (365.6 yds/gm) and points allowed (25.0 pts/gm)?

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