On July 15, 2019, Martavis Bryant decided to apply for reinstatement to the NFL. This will be the second time in his short career that he had to apply.
Martavis Bryant has had off the field issues throughout his career. In 2014, during his rookie year with the Pittsburg Steelers, he had a bad attitude and would miss practices. During his 2015 season, he was suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. In the following season he was suspended for the whole year for the same violation.
On April 25, 2017 season he filed for reinstatement and the Steeler organization welcomed him back with open arms. The Steelers were lacking a competitive receiver to take away some of the double teams from star wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Eventually, Bryant being off for a whole year took its toll after week six. He started getting frustrated because he felt he was not getting enough reps to fulfill his role in the high powered offense. He demanded a trade after being demoted and was replaced by rookie JuJu Smith-schuster.
In April of 2018, Bryant was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a third round pick. During the offseason he was possibly facing another suspension for substance abuse again.
In December he received his third strike on the substance abuse policy. In other words, he violated the agreement of the reinstatement.
It will be hard to say how the NFL will respond to Martavis’s application. He needs to be cleared of any substances and he needs to be medically cleared. His mental condition is intact and is physically fit to come back.
If Bryant gets reinstated he will be placed in the free agent pool due to the fact that the Raiders cut him during this last suspension. There are tons of teams that are looking for a third receiver. He will have to face the fact that he will probably only be worth league minimum. His journey back to being a star will be hard but with the right frame of mind he can do this.