It’s not yet known whether the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to move embattled young receiver Martavis Bryant this spring. Rival reports came out Friday, the latter of which noted that Pittsburgh wasn’t actively looking to move Bryant. That came after an initial report noted the team was looking to move him.
What we do know is that a plethora of teams would be interested in Bryant’s services should he be placed on the trade block. That could very well include the very same Buffalo Bills squad that reportedly attempted to acquire Bryant from Pittsburgh last season.
“A late-second-rounder or low-third could help the Steelers — who have been brilliant drafting receivers for much of the last decade — identify a new vertical threat. Perhaps the Buffalo Bills, who were trying to get involved last year, could oblige,” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports.
Ultimately, Buffalo pulled off a trade for Kelvin Benjamin with the Carolina Panthers. But with Jordan Matthews set to become a free agent, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Bills are not interested in Bryant.
Bryant fell out of favor last season in Pittsburgh after he got into a rift with then rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. In fact, head coach Mike Tomlin sat him for a game as punishment for a social media post from Bryant criticizing Smith-Schuster.
Still uber productive when actually on the field, Bryant is set to count just $700,000 against the cap next season. That makes it hard for Pittsburgh to justify trading him without the team getting a nice package in return. Though, he’s also set to become a free agent after the 2018 campaign. As Fowler notes, no contract extension talks have taken place between the Steelers and Bryant. That could play a role in Pittsburgh determining whether it will move the young receiver.