Could Martavis Bryant’s days as a Pittsburgh Steeler be numbered?
There have been numerous reports saying Bryant is unhappy with his workload. He has defended his talent when some said that rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster is better than him, claiming he was the better receiver. Regardless of who is truly better, one thing is certain: Bryant needs to go.
After serving a one year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance use policy, Bryant was fortunate enough to stay on Pittsburgh’s roster. Since he had a strong 2015 campaign, it was understandable that the Steelers did not release him. However, coming into this season, he was on thin ice with his teammates and the Steelers’ front office. So far, he has eclipsed 18 receptions for 234 yards and 1 touchdown. This lack of production is due to the Steelers’ stacked receiving depth chart. This group includes: Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Eli Rogers.
Bryant’s frustration may be justified since his impact is not nearly what it was in 2015. However, him being public about his frustrations is creating hostility in the Pittsburgh locker room, which can quickly divide a team.
The good news for the Steelers is that Bryant is a decent receiver who can make an impact on any other team in the NFL. Pittsburgh won’t have a hard time trying to trade him for a mid round draft pick or acquiring a position of need. In the unlikely event that they cannot trade for him, there is always the option of releasing him.
Although there might be factors the public does not know about this dilemma, there seems to be a theme that Bryant wants his position given to him and that although Smith-Schuster is playing better, Bryant has a sense of entitlement. If this is true, Bryant should go.
The great players always have a chip on their shoulder and they always believe someone is about to take their job, and this is where Bryant is failing. Just because he was a key figure to Pittsburgh’s offense two years ago, it does not mean he should not fight for the amount of reps he gets in practice. As an example, look no further than his teammate Antonio Brown; a sixth round draft pick out of Central Michigan who worked his way into becoming a top three receiver in the NFL. Brown has that mentality everyday and that is what makes him great. In order for Bryant to achieve what he wants, he must work harder and not believe that is entitled to anything, otherwise he might as well leave the Steel City.