The Pittsburgh Steelers lost a high-profile wide receiver this offseason when the team decided to trade Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders. While the team hopes they have filled the void with Donte Moncrief, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ryan Switzer, Eli Rogers, James Washington and rookie Diontae Johnson.
Outside of Moncrief and Smith-Schuster, that is hardly a who’s who among NFL receivers who are attempting to make up for the 15 receiving touchdowns which left for Oakland.
No one is doubting the potential of Smith-Schuster, but what if the Steelers could add a dynamic wide receiver who could really grab the attention of defensive coordinators? A player who is familiar with the Steelers’ offense? What about Martavis Bryant?
Yes, that Martavis Bryant.
The suspended wide receiver is reportedly seeking reinstatement, a la Josh Gordon, and if his reinstatement is granted he would become a free agent. There are a lot of ‘ifs’ involved in this scenario, but if he gets reinstated, and would accept a minimum contract, should the Steelers kick the tires on Bryant?
Now, before you rush to the comment section to bash me for being a no-brain jagoff, hear me out...
The Steelers could use a receiver with Bryant’s skill set. Sure, he had his issues his last season in Pittsburgh before being traded to Oakland, but just the threat of Bryant on the field will be enough to open up the rest of the offense. You know, exactly how Smith-Schuster dominated when Brown was drawing the attention of the defense on the outside.
There will be those who say Moncrief and Washington should be able to do the job Martavis would be brought in to do, but it doesn’t mean they are known commodities. Bryant has had his issues, both while in Pittsburgh and in Oakland, but the hope is always there he will find the straight and narrow and be able to perform the way he is capable on the gridiron on a weekly basis.
Of course, all of this is contingent on a team-friendly deal where the risk to the Steelers would be at an all-time low in case he were to trip up again and find himself suspended yet again.
So, if the situation presented itself, would you bring Bryant in with the aforementioned criteria? Let us know by voting in the poll below, and explaining yourself in the comment section below!
Would you sign Martavis Bryant if he is reinstated?
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Yes. The Steelers need a dynamic WR.
NO! Last thing they need is more drama.