Former Steelers and Raiders WR Martavis Bryant Applies for NFL Reinstatement

Bryant during his time in Pittsburgh
Bryant during his time in Pittsburgh | Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Martavis Bryant had the potential to be one of the best wide receivers in the league during his time in Pittsburgh. He was the perfect complement to an offense that featured the “Killer B’s” of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. The only thing that kept Bryant back was his off-field issues and substance abuse suspensions.

After a year with the Raiders in 2018, Bryant was suspended indefinitely for violating the terms of a previous conditional reinstatement stemming from his 2016 suspension. According to reports, Bryant has officially filed to get back in the NFL going into the 2020 season.

Not including missing the entire 2019 season because of suspension, Bryant has only played 44 games out of a possible 80 in his five years in the league before being released by Oakland at the end of 2018. As long he has his mind right and he can prove that to the NFL, Bryant could follow in new Cowboys DL Aldon Smith’s footsteps of receiving his official reinstatement.

For anyone who forgot how talented Bryant was during his peak in Pittsburgh, here is a moment from the 2016 NFL Playoffs that will jog your memory.

Bryant has been out of the league on suspension since December of 2018. With the NFL still in the process of figuring out how the 2020 season will take place, this is another action item for Roger Goodell.