Despite being released at the end of the preseason, the Oakland Raiders and Martavis Bryant have reached an agreement on a one year contract. The agreement comes in the wake of a pending one year suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Bryant’s troubles started shortly after his NFL career started with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Following his rookie season, Bryant was suspended for four games due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy. While suspended, he attended rehab in an attempt to get clean. He then missed the 2016 season due to violating the substance abuse policy again. When he returned in 2017, he would become a headache in the locker room, even demanding a trade. This would get him demoted to the scout team for a week. At the end of the season, he would be traded to Oakland in exchange for a third round pick. At the end of the preseason he was released by Oakland. Following the conclusion of week one, it was announced that Bryant was facing a one year suspension.
Going into this season, Bryant has 126 receptions for 1917 yards, and 17 touchdowns in his first three years of his career. He’s a much needed addition after all Oakland wide receivers failed to break 100 yards in the opening weekend of the NFL. He also adds more dimensions alongside fellow wide receiver Amari Cooper. Only time will tell if he’ll be worth the risk.