After the game on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, Martavis Bryant, a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers requested a trade. He has made it very clear to his teammates and coaches that he is not happy with his current situation. Ben Roethlisberger has not been playing well either so that does not help. Bryant was suspended for the 2016 season due to failing the substance abuse policy, with that entire year off the Steelers offense found a way to grow without him. The Steelers drafted Ju Ju Smith-Schuster in the second round of NFL draft, which lead to Bryant tweeting that Smith-Schuster was Sammie Coates replacement, not his.
Bryant was drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 draft out of Clemson, which has been known to produce very valuable receivers like DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, and rookie Mike Williams. Seven weeks In his first season back out of suspension Bryant has 17 receptions for 231 yards and one touchdown. Where Smith-Schuster has 15 receptions and Antonio Brown has 48 and Le’Veon Bell has 30. It is understandable why Bryant is upset with his current role in the offense when he knows the capablity to produce at a higher level is in him. It would be smart for the Steelers to trade away Bryant anyways and get a mid-round draft pick to hopefully land a quarterback for the future after Roethlisberger.
The Chiefs have a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th round pick to offer for the 2018 draft. Highly doubtful the Chiefs would offer a 2018 draft pick, but they are set for the future. As the 2017 draft set them in a position to stay experienced with promising players that have room to grow. For the 2019 draft, the Chiefs have a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th. Giving up the 2019 5th and 6th round picks might gain the Steelers attention.
The Chiefs have faced numerous injuries already this season and a big one was at wide receiver with Chris Conley being out for the year with an Achilles Injury. The Chiefs lost their one true sized wide-out. Demarcus Robinson is a good fill, but it is clear the connection between Robinson and Alex Smith has room to grow. Albert Wilson faced a minor knee injury and Tyreek Hill took a big hit on a punt return late in the game Sunday that left him out the rest of the game. The fear of losing another wide-out and having to bring up practice squad receivers is not ideal for the Chiefs, but an experienced receiver with solid experience is.
Martavis Bryant is 6-4 and 211 pounds, that has 4.4 speed with a 39 inch vertical. Alex Smith would love to have another big target besides Travis Kelce, plus Bryant’s ability to fight for the 50-50 balls would be awesome to see. Alex Smith’s confidence is up, so he would not have a problem dropping a bomb to a 6-4 target 40 yards downfield. That is something the Chiefs have not had in a very long time, if ever. Andy Reid would love his speed and reliability, Bryant would also like being more involved in the offensive scheme.
Issues that arise with this trade opportunity are cap space, picks to give up and the fact Bryant becomes a free agent and the Steelers willing to trade with the Chiefs. Bryant would work for the Chiefs in terms of current Cap space, but for a future contract, it might not be possible. Brett Veach, the Chiefs general manager, would be left with the decision to give up a draft pick(s) for just one year of play. Unless the Chiefs find ways to restructure contracts to clear more room for offseason moves and resigning players for next season.
The Steelers know how to beat the Chiefs, but they also know the Chiefs are one more weapon away from beating them. Would the Steelers entertain a future draft pick(s) for possibly getting beat by their former player if these two teams meet up in the playoffs, again? Another issue would be Bryant’s past of not following the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Andy Reid has been known to help reboot players careers, get them back on the right track and not be a distraction off the field.
With Kansas City facing so many injuries already this early in the season and so many other stars in the league as well. Maybe the Chiefs take full advantage of this opportunity to go out and get a player that will help get them over the top. Getting to see a true sized wide receiver in a Chiefs uniform would be a great sight for all of Chiefs Kingdom.
Imagine this: “Number 85 for your Kansas City Chiefs, wide receiver, Martavis Bryant.”
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