It’s been quite a ride in the NFL life of wide receiver Martavis Bryant of late. A little less than two weeks since his football career looked as though it already hit a dead end after getting cut by the Oakland Raiders, Bryant is apparently back in the team’s fold.
According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Bryant and the Raiders are close to sealing a one-year deal.
The Raiders and Martavis Bryant are closing in on a 1-year deal — and barring any hiccup, he's expected to play this week, per team source. Not officially signed yet, but they called him this morning and it's expected to get done today. Quite the twist.
Indeed. It’s quite a sharp turn in the career of Martavis Bryant, who was initially cut by the Raiders earlier this month – a move that was interpreted by many as a sign the team didn’t want to deal with a player who is facing a lengthy suspension from the NFL.
The league is reportedly considering banning Bryant for a year for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse, but that the Raiders have shown renewed interest in the 26-year-old former Clemson Tigers star suggests that may not be the case.
Bryant, who was traded to the Raiders by the Pittsburgh Steelers last April for a third-round pick, played 15 games for the Steelers in 2017 and recorded 603 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
The soonest he can suit up for a Raiders game will be against the Denver Broncos on the road next Sunday.