Report: Raiders close to deal with Martavis Bryant, plan to play him this week

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The Raiders and receiver Martavis Bryant are close to one-year deal, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

Pelissero adds that “barring any hiccup,” the Raiders plan to play Bryant this week.

The Raiders called Bryant on Tuesday morning, and he arrived at the facility later in the day.

Oakland traded a third-round draft pick to Pittsburgh for Bryant this offseason but cut him before the season opener.

Reports have persisted that Bryant faces a possible suspension for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. But the league has not announced a suspension, allowing Bryant to sign a free agent contract.

62 responses to “Report: Raiders close to deal with Martavis Bryant, plan to play him this week

  1. This was genius. We cut him outta his old contract and signed him to probably a minimum deal now after week 1 so isn’t guaranteed and just like Cowboys did with Gregory just play him until he’s suspended.

  2. With Cooper vanishing and Nelson looking every bit of his age, this isn’t a surprise. And it provides an excuse for Carr to use for last night’s egg laying extravaganza.

  3. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re trying to push the NFL to determine if a suspension is warranted or not. It’s not a bad idea to do so, even though Bryant has proven he can’t stay out of trouble with substance.

  4. Idiocy starting to look a little smarter.

    But as a fan, lets not bag on Raiders WR or Carr yet.

    Rams secondary is amazing. I get being cautious.

    If this happens when we play a “normal” team I’ll get worried.

    What I saw was a more competent offensive scheme.

  5. “jturbo1402003 says:
    September 11, 2018 at 7:16 pm
    This was genius. We cut him outta his old contract and signed him to probably a minimum deal now after week 1 so isn’t guaranteed and just like Cowboys did with Gregory just play him until he’s suspended.”

    He was a 4th round pick on his rookie contract. His deal was minimum. I believe he was due ~$850,000. I don’t know how much you plan on saving but my guess is they cut him and now decided, based on what they don’t have at WR, i.e. talent, that they’d like him back.

  6. Gruden is desperate. He knows he blew it by letting Mack get away, and he knows he might be in way over his head because Tony Dungy didn’t build this team for him.

  7. Let’s see: on one hand you’ve got one Bryant that will probably get suspended. And on the other hand you’ve got a different Bryant a diva with alligator arms and a locker room headache. Six of one and half a dozen with the other. It seems like a lose/lose either way.

  8. I mean, the game last night wasn’t THAT bad. The Raiders went toe-to-toe with what is on paper the best roster in the NFL. Cook lit up the Rams, even though Cooper and Nelson did not have great games. But Derek Carr made a few crucial mistakes (the underthrow to Cook in the endzone was a bad throw, but the other two picks were just mindboggling! I get the pressure, but he should have stayed poised, they had a great shot at winning that game) that cost them dearly. I’m not sure I wouldn’t use Rishard more in lieu of Doug Martin, given Rishard’s ability to catch passes out of the backfield. Lynch brings great attitude and great power to the run game, but his age limits him a bit. Rishard and Cook together can supplement the run game with short passes and checkdowns that should help alleviate the pressure on Lynch.

    But the Raiders looked more sloppy than bad last night. The officiating seemed overzealous to me, but they should be okay, at least until next draft where they get their chance to get something out of the Mack trade. I’m certainly no Raiders fan, but I think they showed some good last night in addition to what they need to work on.

  9. Knowing the Raiders they are giving Bryant a raise to show everyone they are not cheap and will play players .

  10. Now because we signed him after week 1 his contract now is only guaranteed week by week and only if he’s on the roster.

    This doesn’t mean he’s nit getting suspended it means if it takes another week we lay him for 1 game. If we get any production outta him even for a game or two it’s a good move.

    I don’t wanna c ppl laughing when he’s suspended in a week or two but we r gonna pay him the absolute minimum as long as he’s cleared to play.

    If anything it’s leagues fault for letting word slip Gregory and Bryant r facing year long suspensions but not officially announced so for now they can play. Makes no sense in the delay in suspending them?

  11. I’d laugh at the Raiders, but it’s actually kind of sad how quickly they’ve become a laughing stock again. For a few years there it almost seemed like there was some hope. Oh, how quickly the NFL tides can turn.

  12. jturbo1402003 says:
    September 11, 2018 at 7:16 pm
    This was genius. We cut him outta his old contract and signed him to probably a minimum deal now after week 1 so isn’t guaranteed and just like Cowboys did with Gregory just play him until he’s suspended.

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    What are you talking about? The Cowboys have never cut Gregory. He remains under contract on his rookie deal through 2019 (and is an exclusive rights RFA in 2020).

    Just like Bryant, per the CBA his contract never tolled when he was suspended. That means the pro rated portion of his original signing bonus rolled over a year and is still guaranteed for 2018 whether he gets cut or not. He was a 4th rd pick, so it’s not a huge amount of money, but they still have to pay him the bonus portion of his contract either way.

    As far as base salary, as a 4th rd pick in the final year of his rookie deal, the base salary portion of his contract is already not guaranteed, and if he were suspended by the league he would be unpaid. Waiting until after week 1 does not change anything as far as guarantees go.

    If they re-sign him at a lower rate…the difference in pay between veteran minimum and what he was slated to make already is probably not worth the embarrassment…no other NFL franchise would even bother jumping through all these hoops except the cash poor Raiders.

  13. For everyone calling Nelson a corpse, here’s little insight, he average over 3.5 yards of separation per route last night, which was the 9th most in all of football this week (Cooper was 8th). That’s pretty damn good. The Raiders game plan wasn’t to throw to their receivers, and than Carr played scared in the 2nd half. I suggest a wait and see approach before sending Jordy to his grave.

  14. Raiders making desperation moves after week one and the Chargers looking very weak out of the gate. 2 horse race already in the AFC West.

  15. I couldn’t figure out why they let Crabtree go in the first place. It was obvious last year that Jordy was washed up unless Rodgers was throwing to him. Amari Cooper? A quarter of his stats from last year came from ONE game.

  16. The Raiders actually look pretty, this signing probably has more to do that Gruden saw more than what he expected and probably feels they can compete, one thing is for sure Gruden will have this team ready to play week in and week out

  17. The same guy that the GM just said they couldn’t count on like a week ago. Right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing in Oakland, and just a matter of time before Gruden gets a rubber stamp like Bruce Allen to shield him while he 100% makes every terrible move. When he’s done obliterating your franchise, all of you Raider fans better say 100 Al Davises every morning like Catholics say Hail Maries because this is going to get much worse. At least with Davis’ end, we knew that it was an old man holding on too long. Gruden just isn’t that good.

  18. raiderbri100 says:
    September 11, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Who’s next, Javon Walker?

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    No, Andre Rison. No wait. James Jett.

  19. This was genius. We cut him outta his old contract and signed him to probably a minimum deal now after week 1 so isn’t guaranteed and just like Cowboys did with Gregory just play him until he’s suspended.

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    Genius?

    You gave up a 3rd rd pick for him lol!!!

  20. I’ve recently learned that Tim Brown and Lester Hayes are also being considered by Mr. Gruden to sign a veteran minimum. Rumors are that Lloyd Christmas is currently on his way to Aspen to collect another briefcase full of cash to make this a reality… Sorry folks, I can’t disclose my sources.

  21. Gruden didn’t bounce Crabtree and King for lack of talent and skill. There were rumors of cancer in the locker room. Not sure if I agree with it but hopefully it works out. Just sayin’

  22. For everyone calling Nelson a corpse, here’s little insight, he average over 3.5 yards of separation per route last night, which was the 9th most in all of football this week (Cooper was 8th). That’s pretty damn good.

    ……

    Lololol…Rams were playing zone and CBs were way off the line for much of the night. It wasn’t until the second half that they started tightening that crap up. Not sure 3.6 yds separation is much to brag about when the DBs start off 9 yds away…😂

    How far can Bryant run in 2.3 seconds? Cause that’s about all the time Carr will give him before bailing on the play.

  23. Lmao…Raiders in full panic mode. Stupid decisions made by the front office and the old/new head coach will continue to lead to the Raiders going further down the black hole.

  24. nyneal says:
    September 11, 2018 at 7:29 pm
    Gruden is desperate. He knows he blew it by letting Mack get away, and he knows he might be in way over his head because Tony Dungy didn’t build this team for him.
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    I’ve heard this before about Gruden, but how do you explain the team he left that also made it to the SB? Who built them?

  25. nyneal says:

    September 11, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Gruden is desperate. He knows he blew it by letting Mack get away, and he knows he might be in way over his head because Tony Dungy didn’t build this team for him.
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    You mean Sam Wyche!

  26. Hastyle Eagle says:

    September 12, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Lmao…Raiders in full panic mode. Stupid decisions made by the front office and the old/new head coach will continue to lead to the Raiders going further down the black hole.
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    Gruden has 10 years. This is rebuilding…

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