The Pittsburgh Steelers could have one of their lethal offensive weapons returning in April if Martavis Bryant is reinstated.
After failing the NFL’s substance abuse policy, wide receiver Martavis Bryant was handed a suspension from the league in 2016. Now, sources are reporting that the wideout is close to returning to the team.
Per NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, there is a reasonable shot that Bryant will return for the Steelers’ offseason workouts beginning on April 17. Bryant applied for reinstatement back in January, and now he will wait on the verdict.
NFL Insider Ian Rapoport had more to add:
"“When you speak to people close to him, they are confident that in the near future he will get word that he has been reinstated to the NFL.”"
Promising news to say the least for the Steel Curtain.
Although Bryant could be on his way back shortly, what is to say he doesn’t act up again? This is a player with a history of trouble. He is an incredibly talented player, but what good is he if he cannot suit up on Sundays?
Still, it’s hard not to be intrigued by an offensive lineup that includes Bryant. With Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell to begin with, getting back Bryant is quite exciting.
Before sitting out last fall, he was a very effective threat pairing with Brown. Bryant had 50 catches for 765 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. As Big Ben’s campaign winds down, Pittsburgh will need all the ammo they can get to make one last championship push.
The Steelers are already one of the top offensive teams in football. A disciplined Martavis Bryant could make the difference for this team. If they’re going to dethrone New England atop of the AFC, Bryant is most likely going to have to be a contributor. Again, this is all relying on the fact he can stay out of harm’s way.