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Pete Carroll: Antonio Bryant 'not in very good shape'

We told you earlier this week about a comeback story in Seattle. No, not the touching post-big house tale of Brian Banks, but the return of Antonio Bryant.

The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals wideout, who hasn't played in a game since 2009, spent minicamp with the Seahawks in an attempt to revive his career.

When coach Pete Carroll was asked to sum up the 29-year-old receiver's handiwork after a series of practices, however, it didn't sound as though a contract was imminent.

"He's not in very good shape, but he's very natural," Carroll told The Seattle Times on Thursday. "He's got terrific instincts for catching the football and getting in and out of breaks. … He's not there right now though. He's a ways away and he admits that he has not been working out in the kind of setting that he needs to be at his best, so we'll see what happens."

Danny O'Neil of The Times whipped these comments through his Pete Carroll Deluxe Translator to suggest the team might take a second look at Bryant's conditioning closer to training camp. The Seahawks aren't desperate to add Bryant to the mix, with a handful of younger players to work with at the position. The upside, however, is clear: We've just found a workout buddy for Bryant McKinnie.

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