Martavis Bryant Expected to Rejoin Oakland, 12 Days after being Cut

Martavis Bryant with the Steelers in 2017. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Wide Receiver Martavis Bryant is on the brink of signing a one-year extension with the Raiders two weeks after they released him, NFL reporter Tom Pelissero has confirmed.

“The #Raiders and Martavis Bryant are closing in on a 1-year deal—and barring any hiccup, he’s expected to play this week, per team source. Not officially signed yet, but they called him this morning and it’s expected to get done today. Quite the twist.” Tom Pelissero tweeted.

In spite of reports linking the 26-year-old to a third NFL ban for violating a drug policy, the Raiders are allegedly planning to sign Bryant for one more year. The Oakland-based team traded the wide receiver this offseason from the Steelers for a third-round pick. They seemed to have given up at the start of this month when they released him.

Now, not only has “the White Tiger” rejoined the team’s training ground but he is also expected play this Sunday when Oakland welcomes the Broncos.

One reason the Raiders may have rescinded their decision to release Bryant could be their lack of depth at the receiving end. On Monday, the team’s duo of Jordy Nelson and Amari Cooper managed only four catches in 32 yards in the team’s loss to the Rams.