Turns out, it was.
According to multiple reports, Cincinnati agreed with Antonio Bryant on a four-year, $28 million deal Wednesday. Bryant's impending signing leaves no room for Owens on a wide receiver depth chart that also includes Ochocinco, Andre Caldwell and recently added Matt Jones, among others.
Bryant will make less than he did last year -- a little less than $10 million under the franchise tag in Tampa -- but he will earn more than Ochocinco, who's slated for $5 million in base salary for 2010.
Bryant should assist Ochocinco on the field, though. Despite a tough 2009 season (39 catches, 600 yards receiving) in an abysmal Buccaneers offense, Bryant, 29, is still a legitimate threat and has the ability to stretch the field. In 2008, he made 83 grabs for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns.
His signing also dwindles the market further for Owens. With the Bengals now set and Baltimore close to re-signing Derrick Mason after trading for Anquan Boldin, Owens may once again have to settle for a less-than-ideal situation in 2010 after struggling through 2009 in Buffalo.