Bryant stayed with the Dallas Cowboys even after throwing a
sweaty jersey onto coach Bill Parcells' face during a workout in
June. But he was traded Tuesday to the Cleveland Browns for Morgan,
who is from the Dallas area.
"I feel like I should be a lot farther along in this game
playing-wise and doing things on the field than I was in Dallas,"
Bryant said Tuesday night. "That's a situation I just want to put
behind me. ... I want to be part of something new, something
While saying he learned a lot from Parcells, Bryant wouldn't
elaborate on his relationship with the coach.
Both receivers have shown flashes of becoming NFL stars since
they were drafted, Morgan from Kansas State in 2001, a year before
Bryant left Pittsburgh after his junior season.
Bryant caught 44 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns while
starting 15 games as a rookie in 2002, before Parcells arrived.
After he started just five times last season, with 39 catches
for 559 yards and two TDs, Bryant's outburst with Parcells came
because he was upset about the amount of time he got behind
Keyshawn Johnson and Terry Glenn, receivers that had played for the
coach before rejoining him in Dallas.
Bryant was removed by security from the practice and didn't
rejoin the team until training camp. He has 16 catches for 266
yards this season, and had just one for 22 yards in a loss to
Pittsburgh last Sunday.
"Certainly, the effort was there on everybody's part to make it
work and really fit," Jones said. "Quincy maybe has a better
chance, his temperament might have a better chance of fitting in
... a better fit right now for what we want to do."
Morgan, who would have been a free agent at the end of the
season, agreed to a contract extension through 2005 before the
trade was completed. Bryant is already signed through next year.
"It's one of the few trades that I've ever seen that it's
really a win-win for everybody," Cleveland coach Butch Davis said.
"Quincy Morgan is from Texas so he gets to go home; Antonio Bryant
wanted a new start."
Parcells wasn't available for comment Tuesday.
Morgan caught three touchdown passes this season from Jeff
Garcia, but was disappointed with his reduced role over the last 1½
seasons. He complained last week that he wasn't getting the ball
enough, arguing that he couldn't be productive if he didn't get any
However, the biggest reason for a drop-off in Morgan's
statistics may have been that Garcia, in his first season with
Cleveland, and the coaching staff had lost confidence in him.
Aside from an occasional dropped pass, Morgan does have the
knack for making big plays. He had a touchdown catch of over 70
yards in each of the last three seasons -- the only receiver in the
NFL to do so.
Morgan had 38 catches for 516 yards and three TDs last season. A
year earlier, the former Kansas State star had 56 receptions for
964 yards and seven TDs.
"I'm leaving a place that I've been for the last few years, so
it's tough," Morgan said. "I love everybody here, especially the
fans and the way they treated me. I'm looking forward to going back
home (to Dallas) and being around my family and friends every