But head coach Mike Tomlin said that there was no way Bryant would be going anywhere in 2017.
“He was out of bounds in what he said … it will be dealt with,” said Tomlin. “I’ll visit with him at some point … he’s a good guy to work with in the building and has been.”
It looks like the organization has had a change of heart, though, about shopping their disgruntled receiver. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Pittsburgh is listening to potential deals on Bryant.
What can Bryant do for Teams?
Martavis Bryant is no doubt a very talented receiver. The 6’4″ target runs a 4.4 forty and had solid hands too. His combination of height and speed is what makes him so dangerous to opposing teams on deep balls.
The Clemson man was really building momentum in his first two seasons, tallying 549 and 745 receiving yards in 2014 and 2015, respectively. But his career hit a snag when he was suspended for all of 2016 after multiple substance-abuse violations.
Bryant returned in 2017, but didn’t gain much traction early on in a reduced role. He also complained about playing time and was benched for a short while. He ended the year with 605 receiving yards and a career-low three touchdowns.
Considering his potential, though, Bryant could be a huge bargain for his $705,000 base salary next season. And given that Pittsburgh has Antonio Brown and Schuster, they can afford to part with their talented wideout.
5 Teams that Bryan could be Traded to
1. Buffalo Bills
According to CBS, the Buffalo Bills made a play for Bryant last season. And given that their receiving core isn’t significantly better, it doesn’t seem like they’ve lost interest in him. Tight end Charles Clay led the team with 558 receiving yards, while prized rookie wideout Zay Jones caught just 27 of 74 intended passes. The team traded for Kelvin Benjamin, but they could no doubt use more help in this department.
2. Washington Redskins
Washington traded for Kansas City QB Alex Smith, signaling that they’re not going to give Kirk Cousins a big deal. And their top receiver is Jamison Crowder, who’s not a big-play threat. Adding Bryant to the fray would help make Smith’s transition to the nation’s capital much easier.
3. Chicago Bears
The Bears are another team without a top-flight wide receiver. And they even gave former Steeler Markus Wheaton a chance to fill this role, although he didn’t have any success. Young QB Mitchell Trubisky needs some weapons, and Bryant would be a nice start.
4. Miami Dolphins
Miami could pay Jarvis Landry to retain his services. Or they could let him walk and pursue Bryant or another wideout. This will all come down to how much the Dolphins are willing to shell out for a guy who’s become a star under their watch.
5. San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco landed their quarterback of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo. But that’s only one piece of the puzzle. They now need to add more talent to their roster, especially on offense. Bryant would be a great step in this direction, considering his speed, height, and hands.
As for Pittsburgh, they could really use a good defensive player, or at least draft picks to land multiple prospects. Again, they’re pretty set in the receiving department. And they also have star running back Le’Veon Bell along with veteran QB Ben Roethlisberger.
But what they lack is pass rushers and elite secondary players. That said, look for them to shop Bryant for a defensive player or two.