As Martavis Bryant continues to display maturity issues, the Steelers should see what they can get for him on the trade market.
Tell me if you’ve seen this movie before: A receiver with star potential flushes his promising career down the toilet because he’s unable to stay out of trouble. That is the exact path Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is currently headed down.
I believe the Steelers should consider trading Bryant while he still has value.
It may sound crazy when considering Bryant’s ridiculous potential, but hear me out. In hindsight, don’t you think the Cleveland Browns wish they would have gotten what they could for Josh Gordon last season when several teams were interested in trading for him? Now, they wouldn’t even be able to trade him for a bag of potato chips and a Walmart giftcard.
Bryant’s lack of maturity is alarming. After serving a 4-game suspension for substance abuse in 2015, the receiver proved he hadn’t learned his lesson when he was forced to sit out the entire 2016 season for a second offense.
The fourth-year receiver insists he is fully recovered from the substance abuse issues, and that may be true, but he is still showing that he doesn’t quite “get it” yet.
The first red flag was raised when the Steelers picked Juju Smith-Schuster in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Instead of welcoming the rookie receiver to the team and embracing the competition, Bryant showed his immaturity by tweeting out that the former USC receiver was “Sammie Coates replacement” and not his. However, he did claim that the tweet was just a joke and that he and Coates are good friends. Perhaps it really was a joke, or perhaps Bryant knows he made a mistake and is trying to save face.
The second red flag came just yesterday when Bryant essentially called out Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben had said that the receiver would need to “win back everybody’s trust” after news broke of him being suspended for the entire 2016 season. Bryant apparently took issue with Ben’s comments, and said yesterday that he and the Steelers quarterback need to sit down and talk “man-to-man.”
Bryant getting upset with Big Ben’s comments shows his lack of maturity. Nothing about what Ben said was bad, nor was it untrue. This is a situation where Bryant should have kept his mouth shut. If he truly had an issue with what the Steelers quarterback — and unquestioned leader of the team — said, he should have handled it behind closed doors.
Pittsburgh would be smart to at least feel out what the market is for Bryant right now. Obviously, they shouldn’t give the talented receiver up for next to nothing. However, if they are able to find a solid offer, they should rid themselves of the headache before it’s too late.