This is interesting. Martavis Bryant is back in Oakland according to multiple reports. And it looks like he will be re-signing with the team.
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 (@TomPelissero) September 11, 2018
This is a bit of a surprise, but there’s reason behind it.
With Bryant facing a suspension, the Raiders released him. But that suspension has not been handed down yet. And after week one, contracts are not guaranteed which means if the Raiders get one game out of him before he is suspended, they will pay him for one game.
They could certainly use all the help they can get. Last week the wide receivers were a complete non-factor, including Amari Cooper catching just one pass for nine yards. Martavis would add a dimension to the receiving corps they don’t have — a deep threat. It’s the whole reason Jon Gruden threw away a third round pick to acquire him during the draft. Now Derek Carr just needs to get back to throwing it deep.