PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded wide receiver Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders.
The Steelers say they will receive Oakland’s third-round pick, the 79th overall, in exchange for Bryant, who showed flashes of brilliance in three seasons with Pittsburgh but also regularly ran afoul of the league’s substance abuse policy.
We have traded WR Martavis Bryant to the Raiders for their third round pick (75th overall).
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 27, 2018
Bryant caught 17 touchdowns in 36 games for the Steelers, but was suspended twice for drug violations. He missed four games in 2015 and all of the 2016 season.
Bryant returned last spring but was quickly surpassed by JuJu Smith-Schuster on the depth chart. He asked for a trade in late September and was deactivated for a game after calling out Smith-Schuster in a post on social media.
The 6-foot-4 Bryant has the size and speed to give Oakland quarterback Derek Carr a serious downfield threat. Bryant averaged 15.3 yards per reception with the Steelers.
The trade gives the Steelers a total of eight picks in the 2018 NFL Draft.
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