Martavis Bryant entered the 2017 season at the Pittsburgh Steelers as the second wide receiver on the roster behind Antonio Brown, but now he could be surplus to requirements with the AFC North side.
Bryant caught 50 passes for 603 yards and three touchdowns in 15 regular games last season for the Steelers. He also had two catches for 78 yards and a touchdown in the team's divisional round loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars during the playoffs.
There's no question that the 26-year-old is still a brilliant wide receiver despite the fact he missed the entire 2016 season due to suspension. However, rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster has arguably passed him now as the second-best wide receiver on the roster.
JuJu finished the season with 58 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns, and he also had three catches for five yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' single playoff game but overall, he was far more productive on the field than Martavis.
Reports have now emerged stating that the Steelers and the Miami Dolphins have discussed a possible Martavis Bryant trade, with some interest in DeVante Parker from Pittsburgh side. The report also states that the New York Jets, Washington Redskins, and the Indianapolis Colts also have varying degrees of interest in the wide receiver.
These rumors involving the Dolphins, however, have already been quickly shot down as Steelers.com reporter Bob Labriola responded in a live chat when asked if there was any truth to Bryant being traded in 2018: “No. Not even a little bit.”
2018 will be the last year of Bryant's rookie deal with the Steelers, so either way, next season is going to be a very interesting one for him in the NFL. If the Dolphins still have interest in him a year from now, they might be able to snap him up as a free agent.
Bryant has already expressed a desire to be traded in the past year, as he publicly requesting a trade if his role in Pittsburgh's offense didn't increase midway through the 2017 season. Bryant was suspended for the Steelers' Week 8 triumph against the Detroit Lions after making those statements and the wide receiver quickly changed his mind.
At the moment, it looks as though Martavis will be staying in Pittsburgh in 2018, but if the team doesn't want to lose him for nothing next summer, they could explore the option of trading him before the opportunity passes.
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