You’re getting used to shocking events in this Jon Gruden era, aren’t you?
The latest development to hit us all like a ton of bricks is the Raiders’ decision to bring back receiver Martavis Bryant on Tuesday afternoon. A source confirmed to RaidersSnakepit.com that Bryant is back on a one-year deal. Oakland cut him September 1, four months after giving Pittsburgh a third-round pick for the receiver.
Let’s look at all the details of Bryant’s return:
When did the Raiders call him: This morning, much to the surprise of Bryant and his camp. He was talking to other teams about a potential return.
Why did the Raiders call him: Oakland’s receivers couldn’t get open in a 33-13 loss to the Rams on Monday night? Starters Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson combined for four catches. Bryant will be the No. 3. Oakland needs a vertical presence. So, Oakland backtracked on Bryant.
His deal: Same as it was before. A one-year deal. Bryant is a free agent in 2019 still.
Suspension issue: A source told RaidersSnakepit.com that he has not been officially suspended. ESPN reported Sunday that Bryant is facing a one-year suspension. So, it is possible Bryant will be in the clear for the next 15 games or face a suspension.
Why is it surprising: Oakland coach Jon Gruden ripped Bryant all camp and after he cut him. He said Bryant was beaten out for a job and he questioned his practice habits and said he missed practice with minor injuries.
Will it be a happy reunion: If Bryant is the same Bryant the Raiders saw in camp or if he is suspended, no it won’t be. But if he works hard and stays on the field, yes it can be. In the end, this is a shocking move by Gruden that smells of desperation.