Should Texans trade for Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant?
The Pittsburgh Steelers have made wide receiver Martavis Bryant available through trade. Any team that is need of a wide receiver will be monitoring this situation closely. Bryant is a dynamic playmaker who can improve the passing game of any team. This is the type of player that the Houston Texans need to take their offense to the next level.
Bryant has experienced some off the field issues, missing the entire 2016 season due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. This could potentially drive the price to acquire Bryant down. With the potential risk of another suspension, Pittsburgh does not necessarily have a ton of leverage in this situation.
Even with his issues Bryant is still worthy of acquiring via trade. Through three seasons Bryant has caught 126 passes for 1,917 yards and 17 touchdowns. This includes missing 2016 and coming back and performing in 2017. Displaying the ability to come back after an entire year off and contribute is a good sign. Bryant knows he only has once chance left and he does not appear he wants to squander it.
If Houston were to acquire Bryant it would complete a formidable trio of receivers. Bryant in addition to DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller would instantly be one of the leagues top groups. Deshaun Watson could use another receiving target and Bryant would be a great fit in the Texans offense. Hopkins would still clearly be the number one receiver with Bryant as the number two. Fuller would take advantage of slot corners and safeties. This dynamic would make improve the Texans pass offense and take it to the next level.
Bryant has one year left on his deal, which could be a reason why Pittsburgh is looking to move on from him. They know he is a productive receiver in this league and the way their cap situation looks it is unlikely they will retain him beyond next season. The Texans should swoop in and make an offer that ensures Bryant comes to Houston. A team on the rise like the Texans needs to continue to acquire offensive talent to help with Watson’s development and growth. Bryant can be just another piece of the puzzle and can help transform the Texans offense.