PFF: Martavis Bryant To Denver For 7th-Round Pick A ‘Deal That Makes Sense’

After being targeted about seven times per game over the course of the first five weeks of the season, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has seen just five over the course of the past two. And he’s about had it. A week ago, he denied rumors that he wanted to be traded. This week, he confirmed them.

So what is the value of a third-year wide receiver who has missed 20 of 55 possible games due to drug suspensions and who is vocally saying that he either needs to be featured in the offense or dished to another team, who would have the same problem on their hands if they didn’t feature him?

According to Pro Football Focus, it’s a seventh-round pick. At least that is the compensation that they projected in an article yesterday about deadline deals “that make sense”, seeing the Steelers ship off the former fourth-round pick to the Broncos at that price.

“Much has been said about the disgruntled nature that is the Martavis Bryant-Pittsburgh Steelers relationship right now”, the excerpt from the article begins. “Bryant has been told he will be inactive for the Steelers’ Week 8 contest at the Lions. With the emergence of Smith-Schuster (3 TDs on 17 receptions), Bryant’s production has plummeted and now relegated him to discussions of a trade. One suitor that makes the most sense is the WR-needy Denver Broncos”.

Of course, those “discussions” don’t mean very much in light of the fact that both Mike Tomlin and, more importantly, Art Rooney II have said that they have no plans of trading him and that he is not available for trade. It’s hard to imagine that changing in just a few days.

Never the less, the article notes that the Broncos have battled injuries at wide receiver extensively this year, with former Steeler Emmanuel Sanders suffering an ankle injury, missing last week’s loss to the Chargers. Demaryius Thomas has also been banged up.

“Bryant could potentially suit up outside or in the slot for the Broncos, either with great success”, the article continued. “He is a legitimate deep threat whenever he is on the field evidenced by his 318 yards and three touchdowns on passes targeted 20 or more yards downfield in his last season of full action”.

That doesn’t really take into account the fact that his productivity has been nowhere close to that this season, nearly halfway through the year. It’s fair to say that some of that is on the quarterback play, and perhaps a bit on the play-calling—they have been run-heavy by design in three of the past four games.

But a lot of it is just on Bryant not being the same player he was—at least yet—two years ago. Which is a big reason why even PFF believes a seventh-round pick is fair compensation for him. if he is really that good, even considering his baggage, that is great value for the Broncos with a year and a half of control on him.

Not that this is going to happen. But it’s a fun mental exercise to think about.

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  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I saw an article on ESPN, I think, where it states what all AFC teams should do, and of course ours was to trade Martavis Bryant for get this a fourth round pick! 🙄 Yeah right!! We’ll be lucky to get a 6th. And that will never make sense in my eyes.

  • Conserv_58

    According to an article in All22 the Steelers have already received several inquiries about Martavis by a few teams. The one aspect of this whole situation that bothers me and a lot of other fans is what happened to Martavis from the time he was reinstated to now? It goes without saying that any other player in his situation would be ecstatic to have been allowed to step foot back in an NFL locker room to resume his NFL career. For Martavis to do what he did is absolutely selfish, reprehensible and inexcusable.

    I am convinced that it was his girlfriend that planted the seed of discontent in his head.

  • mlawry0169

    Really don’t feel that Denver, with their marijuana sales on every corner would be the right place for Bryant and his problems.

  • Conserv_58

    I don’t think that is as far fetched as it seems because there are a number of teams that are absolutely desperate for a good receiver, even one with a checkered history. If it wasn’t for Martavis’ juvenile mentality he could have been a first round pick.

  • Rick McClelland

    Those teams that want to trade need to pony up with a 1st or 2nd rounder or no deal. Sure he doesn’t have that kind of value, but the Steelers are sitting on his rookie contract and should ride that cheap deal all the way into the ground unless they can get more value for him.

  • Michael Putman

    The fact of the matter is that its STUPID for the Steelers to trade Bryant. He is a very capable threat and a good aggressive blocker. He is currently pretty cheap for the Steelers too. I think benching him for a game was appropriate punishment. That lets him know that the COACH is in charge of the team, not a surly player.

    Now, lets see how both sides handle the future. Do they both grow up, sit down and talk about the issue and figure out a way for the TEAM to improve? Getting the ball to Bryant more will certainly help the team and Bryant…

  • Gizmosteel

    not for just a 7th. The chances of a 7th even making the team and contributing in a meaningful way are too low. Keeping Bryant with even mediocre performance is better value.

  • Bruce

    anything less than a 4th round would be crazy, the Steelers would be better served to just ride out the season with Bryant and see if he improves.

  • Jim McCarley

    I would not do it at all… least not this season. They have invested about as much in to him that they have to except his pay, of course, and seeing that any compensation at all would not help the team for at least a couple of years unless they got lucky and used the trade to draft another JJSS or even another WATT…regardless, they would get no compensation that would help this season and you never know, Ben might be gone after this season, so maybe they wait until next year and make a predraft move and trade him then. I’d give him the rest of this season to prove his worth and if they see any sign of not trying when he is targeted, then I would sit him for the rest of this season, then make him ‘try-out” next season….if he wants to act like a spoiled brat, then treat him like one and never give him what he wants……In fact, if he does not straighten up and act like a man, I’d sit him for the rest of this year and all of next year before I give him what he wants…but that’s just the ahole in me coming out…..

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I believe it when I see it. A failed test away from indefinite suspension makes any team not want to give up too much. I wouldn’t give him up at all. Maybe a 3rd or above and that’s if he does anything else crazy this year.

  • Ken Krampert

    He is worthless from a trade standpoint. We will use him as we see fit and let him walk after next year. And there is nothing that ingrate can do about it.

  • Z Vranic RMT

    I have a better idea. Tell Haley to figure out hiw to use him better , build up his confidence and watch him destroy opponents on thw way to our 7th SB ! Doesn’t that make more sense. Then have him be a part if another SB run next year then recieve a 3rd round compensation pick when he moves on as a FA. Patience is whats needed.

  • Steeldog22

    Uh, no.

  • Timothy Rea

    Legitimate question are the denver folks who wrote up this nonsense for a 7th round pick high from all that legal weed they’ve been smoking?? MB is in the dog house no doubt.. but there is no way in hell that they should trade him unless its for a first round pick. He is a legit #1,#2 WR if he gets his head in the game and plays to his potential. Even if he’s frustrated not getting the targets… and being a diva right now.. so what.. he’s been disciplined… hopefully he responds and is the player we all saw in the recent past. He frees up guys so AB can get open point blank period. If AB goes off for 150 yards every game and MB gets 0.. i’m happy with that.

  • Taips

    I cannot wait for the deadline to pass, these inane conversations must stop:
    – Ben’s window is closing fast, PIT is all in this season. Trading WR depth for picks makes no sense in this context.
    – The #1 rule for any GM is to not give in to trade requests. The Rooneys lay ther credibility on the line by not negociating past seaon start. Giving in to trade requests would be even worse.
    – Martavis is on a super cheap rookie deal. Make the guy earn his next contract rather than selling low.

  • Bryan

    Imo, there’s no benefit to trading him during the season for a draft pick. The Steelers are in win now mode,either this year or over the next two years. Martavis holds more value to us this season than any draft pick they’re likely to get will. Even if his only use is to draw some safety help his way and away from others that is worth having when we have the best shot to win a Super Bowl since the 2010 team. No I don’t expect him to magically transform into what we thought he would be, but he has the potential to get some long TD play or PI in a big playoff game that could be instrumental. He could always have a random great game when he need him most. I’m all for trading him in the offseason if we can get sufficient value (i.e. at least a 5th rounder), but I will take having Martavis on this team for the rest of the year over the marginally better draft pick we could acquire by trading him now.

  • Rob H

    Trade a player with his ceiling and past production, who we control at a rookie salary for the this season and next, to a playoff competitor, within our conference, for a seventh round pick.
    Only in PFF land could that deal “make sense” on any conceivable level.

    Seriously, I’m not just doing my usual PFF bash here, I could find any casual Steeler fan who doesn’t watch any other NFL games, and knows very little beyond the basics of the rules, and even they would know how dumb that would be.
    Is having even a basic understanding of the game they cover even a job requirement at PFF???


    He’s a kid making some dumb mistakes to state the obvious…let’s see how he responds to the being sat down for a game…if he comes back playing just as hard and keeps his mouth shut the rest of the way…there is a good chance that he’s still in PIT next year.

    If this continues to feaster and it looks like he’s dogging it or whatever…they will move him and it won’t be for much more than a 4th or 5th rounder at best.


    Outside or in this case internal voices are certainly in play here and they are simply naive to his circumstance…his career was literally in the hands of the commish just 3 mos ago.

  • Chad Weiss

    They would get more compensation in the draft if they waited til he left in 2019 as a free agent. I can’t imagine getting rid of that kid for a seventh.

  • francesco

    If the Steelers trade MB for less than a 2nd round pick then it is a steal for the taker.

  • Conserv_58

    Knowing that his NFL career was hanging by a thread is what makes his self centered demands so hard to accept. Hence the reason why I think Martavis is being heavily influenced by his greedy girlfriend.

  • Nolrog

    A deal that makes sense for who?

  • Conserv_58

    In other news: The Jags beefed up their already stout defense by signing former Bills NT, Marcel Darius.

  • steeltown

    The reward just isnt high enough. We know what he’s capable of and have invested too much already. A 6th or 7th Rd pick is not enough compensation IMO we are one injury away from Bryant getting “mines”

    Which IMO is why they are not interested in trading… the return just isnt enough

  • Nolrog

    I have an even better idea. Tell Bryant to shut the hell up, work hard and play hard and the ball will start finding it’s way to him. How about we place the blame for Bryant’s issues squarely on his shoulders where they belong!

  • Conserv_58

    The, “he’s a failed test away from indefinate suspension” excuse is certainly valid. On the other hand, the NFL is experiencing record lows in viewership and fans attending games. Winning puts people in stadium seats and with the number of teams severely lacking in quality WR’s this might be the right time for the Steelers to cash in on a trade.

  • Conserv_58

    I couldn’t agree more.

  • Steve Johnson

    If that is true, I would say he needs to find another girl and quick too. But, we all know that’s not going to happen. I’m sure the kid is in love, but he definitely needs to start making his own decisions

  • Conserv_58

    LOL! The NFL didn’t feel they should be associated with organized gambling so they decided to move the Raiders to the meca of gambling, Las Vegas.

  • Brenton deed

    7th round?? Tell’em they’re dreaming!

  • Conserv_58

    Based on what I saw of her in her Tweet about wanting to get out of Pittsburgh I’m convinced that she is playing a key role in Martavis’ decision making.

  • Dorian James

    @PFF “that’s a great idea send him to the place where pot is legal, and one of the places where its the best,and most easily accessible”😉

  • Steve Johnson

    If a 3rd Rd pops up, the should jump on it. The Steelers already know he’s not going to get a 2nd contract from them anyway. But, like I said, Todd Haley and #7 is as much to blame as Martavis Bryant. If Tomlin cannot see the discrepancies in Haley’s play calling, he needs a reality check as well.

  • Dorian James

    Lol, I just wrote that. I probably should read all the comments before I post

  • Conserv_58

    IMO, when we look at it from the Steelers perspective they can afford to wait-n-see what the market is like in the off season. They can afford to sit back and field offers from desperate teams willing to pony up more than some think they should.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I wouldn’t trade him at all. I don’t see him going anywhere until after next year. To me the value doesn’t add up to anything other than a 3rd and up, but with his potential it’s more of a 1st rounder. Don’t confuse it: I don’t like what he did, but I’m far from giving up on him! He did his dirt now he gotta roll with the punches!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I just don’t think it would be an even trade whatever is proposed, is all.

  • Conserv_58

    There is legitimate reasons to blame Haley for his play calling, but I refuse to fault Ben for why Martavis rounds out some of his routes, gives up on plays, fails to turn and track the ball, and fails to catch perfectly placed balls. So far this season he hasn’t looked any better than DHB has and DHB a former first round pick that never whines or complains about his role as a ST’s player.

  • Conserv_58

    Apparently the Steelers agree with you since they are not interested in trading Martavis, at this time. I’ll bet they’d like for Martavis to trade his girlfriend.

  • heath miller

    HAHAH i would rather give him to the browns r 49ers for NOTHING then give them to denver for a 7th rounder .. why help the broncos… send him to hell … prefer to give him to the browns and let him rot there anddddddddddd we still get to kick his ass twice a yea for the rest of his career? the weather s better in SF so i prefer him to go to cleveland… and and josh gordan can share some weed…. cleveland = the career killer 🙂 HEATHHHHHHHHHH

  • francesco

    This makes too much sense!

  • Ichabod

    There is no reason to get rid of him for anything less than a 3rd. We probably won’t get that, so he remains a Steeler.
    What if Brown or Juju gets injured? What if Ben and Byrant actually start connecting. What if Ben gets hurt…Landry did better with Bryant than with Brown as I recall.
    Plus the dude has been blocking quite well as I understand
    Keep him as a decoy. Keep him as a backup. Keep him on the practice squad. But keep him unless we can get a 3rd

  • francesco

    You must be watching a different Ben like in 2005 Ben.

  • francesco

    AB and Ben have done selfish things as well.

  • Lil Smitty

    I agree with everything, except the practice squad. He would have to clear waivers, and that isn’t happening.
    I look for the Ben to Martavis connection to improve after the bye week. Every year the Steelers seem to use the bye as a time to tweak theirs playbook and improve their performance.

  • Ichabod

    Agreed…my bad. I was thinking “inactive” and typed practice squad. Not enough sleep I guess.

  • Gerald Brown

    I just don’t see the point in trading him. His value is low due to suspensions and now this “play me or trade me” bs, so what are you really getting for him? Lucky to get a 6th round pick in my opinion. Keep him on the roster cause he’s cheap, play him after the bye week if he shows improvement and either trade him next year when his value has increased or let him walk after his rookie contract is up. I’m assuming he would count towards the compensatory formula and if thats the case you could be looking at a higher draft pick for him later rather than a 6th or 7th now.

  • That’s the problem in a nutshell…he’s most definitely NOT a “kid.” He’s a grown man in his mid-twenties who’s gotten by his whole life despite breaking rules repeatedly and wholly selfish and irresponsible behavior by being treated like a ‘kid.’

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Dumb. Why would we outright trade to an AFC competitor for a sack of potatoes? This isn’t Coates. Plus, if he can contribute and signs elsewhere, the Steelers get a compensatory pick

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  • RMSteeler

    Yep, it’s a sellers market on wide receivers right now and the Steelers hold all the cards right now. A contender that has a broken WR room might be willing to overpay for his services. Not for a seventh rounder though. That’s basically a future priority free agent pick down there.


    I don’t want to debate “kid”, I have kids his age and older so trust me…people his age (with money especially in all realms it seems) make mistakes. Not just pro ball players.

    In terms of how his mistakes have been handled at this level…just like every other player, so I’m not sure what you mean by “being treated…”.

  • Pat Knotts



    I wouldn’t trade him this year no, but if a good offer came thru in the offseason…yes I would. Largely because I still see him as more potential than achieved, and they think I can find his skill set in the draft just like they found him.

    Secondly…any extra collateral could allow the Steelers to move up and get an impact player…whether it be FS, or maybe Ben’s future replacement. Even with that mindset, I wouldn’t move him for less than a 3rd rd personally.

  • blue

    7th rd pick that’s not gonna make the team….no thanks! Marty B has to overcome his emotional hurdles, shut up and play football.


    Now you see why I use the word naive…they don’t understand the biz side of the NFL…no agent would be giving this kind of advice to a guy on a rookie deal with a 1 yr and 10 games remaining.

    The GF is one component, but I’m sure that has been in place for sometime without him acting out on it. I think what got him going public was responding to FF owners on social media.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I didn’t think about that last part, but I just can’t see any team trading more than a 6th for Bryant.

  • Riverstko

    Not enough, make a trade that’s going to help get a Good qb in draft.

  • francesco

    Trade Bell for a 1st and 2nd round pick.

  • H.K. northern cali

    A 7th rd pick?? Screw that. Keep him. He can do security on JUJU’s bike.

  • Greg F

    A 7th round pick…And so Justin Gilbert was worth more than Bryant. This is why I hate PFF. Stupid hot takes.

  • Z Vranic RMT

    So Nolrog lets get this straight. You would trade a 26 year old 6’4″ tall 228 ibs WR who runs a 4.3 forty to a AFC opponent because you think he should just shut up and play for a 7th round pick when you have him on the cheap for 2 more years. Glad your not our GM. LMAO

  • nutty32

    Denver needs help at every position on offense except WR, if anything. Only makes sense to trade for MB if a team feels they’re one field stretcher away from serious contention this year and next. Probably has to be an nfc, team too.
    MB is worth at least a conditional 5th, warts and all.

  • Um…….no.

  • Mark

    We would never trade him within the AFC division and watch him come back to haunt us. 2nd we will hang onto to him until the end of the 2018 -2019 season unless someone offers us something crazy from the NFC division.

  • Eric McDuffie

    Anything lower than a 4th round pick (which will never happen by the way) makes zero sense to me. Just hold on to him in hopes that his play will improve, his stock rises and maybe you trade him by next season’s trade deadline for a higher pick. Under no circumstance does it make sense to me to trade a player with his potential now for a 7th rounder who most likely will not make the team.

  • SfSteeler

    a 7th…heck yeah, another long snapper!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Why trade him? Cut him. He’s a cancer. He’s the reason we have a losing record and aren’t making the playoffs. He’s destroyed both this team and the locker room. And he single-handedly caused a thief to steal JuJu’s bike. I mean, what are we doing anymore, condoning theft by association? It’s gotten out of hand. Todd Haley has put Bryant in the best possible position to succeed. The plays called, routes run, and Ben’s throws, have all been picturesque. What more could you ask for? I mean, the team became so disenchanted with Martavis, that they even decided to not come out of the locker room in Chicago for the anthem. The entire team wanted to, but because Martavis was the lone protesting voice, they acquiesced. It’s unbelievable.

    I say we cut him. And let him sign with New England. It’s not like they have a QB over there anyways. In week 15, we’d see how brilliant of a move it would be, because that would be like transferring the cancer over to them! If Tomlin can’t handle Bryant, and clearly he is at his total wit’s end with this deviant malcontent, I say good luck to Bill Belichick and that crackpot organization they run over there in chowder-head country. Can you just imagine Martavis vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard during the off-season? That’s just what they need over there, a little more thug, more hoi polloi, and less hoity toity.

    The guy is an addict. Once an addict, always an addict. I heard he was the one who forced Bell and Blount to try Mary Jane for the first time in their lives. And I think we all know how that turned out. Rumor has it, he even was blackmailing Joey Porter into not playing James Harrison because Harrison had discovered that Bryant has been purposely dropping balls and loafing in games, trying to get Big Ben to retire mid-season. What does Martavis have on Joey? One can only guess. And I’m not here to speculate. All I know is, if we don’t get rid of this guy like yesterday, we are gonna regret it. He’s an inflamed hemorrhoid that needs excised.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Silly rabbit, long snappers are 6th rounders. Everyone knows that. You can’t get LS’s in the 7th.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I was surprised they were the ones to trade for and pay that price he has remaining. Going to that Jacksonville front is like pouring syrup on top of a lollipop.

  • pittfan

    Your well reasoned, rational fact-based observations are an oasis in a sea of hyperbole.

  • Rick McClelland

    After the Steelers get a decent draft pick for whine bag, I really don’t care about his marijuana use. Smoke em if you got em dumb a@@ is exactly what I would tell 80 IQ to do. Plus he might get to do some of that mining out in Denver after looking for the “mines”. I think there are some old copper and silver mines out that way. LOL.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Thank you. I’m consistently sympathetic to what Mother Theresa of Calcutta must have felt like when she was surrounded by that colony of lepers. How difficult to be a beacon of strength, when everyone around you are stricken with blindness and having limbs fall off.

  • Talyn Scarbrough

    There is 0 chance of this happening. On potential alone it’s at least a 2nd rounder. His off field issues drop that to maybe a 4th. I, like many others have a love/hate relationship with PFF. Their stats are good but misleading quite a lot.

  • Rick McClelland

    I like it Darth. LOL.

  • Rick McClelland

    LOL. Darth you are definitely bringing it. I on the other hand have taken to calling MB 80 IQ. Every time he speaks or posts something online I half expect it to start with “Duh”. I’m definitely not seeing an engineer or physicist from the Quantum Gravity Research group with ole MB. Up north of the burgh here in the hills he would be a dog too dumb to hunt and would not be around long.

  • Dennis Wright

    Absolutely. People have selective memories.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Every dog has a purpose. Just ask the Pacific Islanders. They LOVE themselves some dogs. Hawaiian cookouts are sneakily delicious.

  • PaeperCup

    3rd round talent, with 1st round potential, 7th round timing, and no value attitude

  • Matt Manzo

    I’d be pissed if we traded him to any AFC team other than the Clowns!

  • Xclewsive

    Exactly what I was thinking. 7th round pick I’ve seen worse players go for more. Martavis welcome to your new hell if you think you’re gonna whine yourself out of town. I want Martavis to be involved more and I personally believe the Steelers play calling has alienated him…pun intended. Martavis has to understand his value is against playoff contenders and not the prerequisite regular season opponents.

  • Nolrog

    1st or 2nd rounder?


  • 6 ring circus

    That’s what happens when you sit at home and “bake”. You come up with all kinds of crazy ideas about how to put that bank account on steroids, especially knowing that receivers are the highest paid football players outside of quarterbacks. She probably came to the conclusion that the Steelers were “messing with her money”.

  • 6 ring circus

    I like the sounds of a 3.

  • heath miller

    PPF is a bunch of morons .. where have i heard that in the news recently? to give him to a perrenial contender like the broncos is just stupid… of course the broncos would make that trade in a heartbeat… unfortunately for them it takes two to make that trade and it aint happening .. why would they even write that BS? HEATHHHHH

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Further evidence that pff is garbage.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    2nd. No. 5th at best.

  • pittfan

    Good analogy but trust me, Momma T ain’t got nothin on you.

  • John

    Only makes sense if we are trying to lose and have Denver go to the Super Bowl. No likely deal really makes sense. Best would be to send him to the Giants for one of their WRs that are hurt but could make an impact for us later this year and definitely next year. But even that is stupid as we need MB’s talent this year.

  • Chris92021

    PFF, or as I call them pfft.

  • DoctorNoah

    That is the stupidest assessment I have ever heard. A potentially elite receiver with a year and a half on a cheap-as-he’ll rookie contract? I would trade him for a second round pick or else let him prove something both on the field and in the locker room for the Steelers.

  • heath miller

    LMAOOOOOOOOO hes the one that pobably paid someone to steal it

  • heath miller

    dead on HEATHHH

  • heath miller

    if he had not had the past drug problems i would agree with a 2nd .. but with his past i cant see anyone giving up a 2nd for him .. no way

  • Scott

    Bryant is at least enough of a deep threat that pass defenses have to give him attention, which opens things up for AB. Take Bryant out and AB gets double teamed and the pass offense sputters, like it did during last seasons playoffs, along with our shot at a Superbowl. All that for a 7th rounder who will likely contribute little or not even make the team. Thanks for sharing, PFF is always good for a laugh.

  • kakello34

    He was a 4th round pick. They need to hold out and get at least that for him.

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  • stan

    NO! He’s worth too much to a co tending team. There’s no way we should trade him.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Yeah, a 7th round pick may as well be a ham sandwich. It would be especially stupid to trade him before the season is over.

  • Rick McClelland

    Yes, 1st or 2nd rounder. Why should the Steelers give him away when he is under contract? He has a contract and they don’t have to give him another thing. Perhaps his agent is trying to re-coup all of the money he fronted MB and his girlfriend while he sat for a year under suspension. Right now his value is nil and he needs to increase that by scoring TD’s and he’s not doing that.

  • mrallnite111 .

    A trade that makes sense only to the insane.

  • Conserv_58

    The jags defense is thirty first against the run, if you can believe that.

  • hdogg48

    If a good depth pick at safety were there go for it.

    With the Giants problems at WR with Beckham and
    Col down maybe they can get a 3rd rounder there.

    True the GMen are out of the playoffs, but a rally
    and a 500 finish could save the Coach and GMs
    job. Seattle also would offer MUCH more than
    a 7th rounder for him.

  • Mrs Bighead

    Man with Semian as his QB he’d be complaining ten times more

  • greeny

    Makes sense for the Broncos. Nonsensical for the Steelers. We have him 2 more years on the cheap. 7th Round pick is a virtual undrafted free agent. Haley/Tomlin figure out how to use him in the offense.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Yup, why would we do that? I’d almost rather waive him to make a point if they were that desperate to get rid of him.

  • Rocksolid20

    I’m with you Skoolhouse , I wouldn’t trade him at all , least of
    all to the AFC . If these teams are as desperate as it appears
    then get a 4th or simply keep him on our team . Why take a
    chance on seeing him latter in the playoffs ? If some team wants him , pay up
    we don’t have to move him this year .

  • I.P. Freeley

    Click bait much SD?

  • aWaL

    Late 3rd or early 4th sounds pretty fair to me but not until the off season. Unless he keeps acting like an A hole. Then I’d do it as soon as possible

  • David Rombach

    We are one, or at most two injuries away from needing him. That makes him more valuable to us as depth than any low pick we would get for him.

  • Matthew Marczi

    It was just the Pro Football Focus staff, nobody directly involved with or who covers specifically the Broncos. But yeah, there’s no way the Steelers would deal him for a seventh. And chances are they wouldn’t get offered much more than that, which means a deal will not happen.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Bryant is arguably the most toxic commodity in the league right now. A guy who’s spent most of the past three years suspended and who is insulting teammates and asking to be traded. That’s not somebody you want to bring into your locker room. I would be surprised if teams are offering the Steelers much better than a 7th-round pick.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I get paid the same amount no matter how many people click on any particular article, so no, not really.

  • WilliamSekinger

    I’m sure this deal may make sense to PFF from Denver’s point of view, but you can’t seriously tell me they put serious thought into if this made sense from Pittsburgh’s point of view. Lazy article in general, but that is to be expected from PFF.

  • Rob H

    Which is precisely why it’s dumb to even entertain the notion of trading him right now. PFF doesn’t really even need to know basic football on this one, just the basic principle of buy low, sell high.
    That’s not even bringing up the precedent you set by letting a player malcontent his way into a trade, you’d be better off deactivating him every week if he doesn’t snap out of this fit of stupidity and immaturity.

  • Alan Tman

    Deja vu to the Jets for a 5th round pick.

  • Zombie Nixon

    He is one contact high away from a lifetime ban… get what you can for him!

  • I.P. Freeley

    You get paid for this ?

  • Matthew Marczi

    Yeah, how does that make you feel?

  • Matthew Marczi

    Fair points.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Lol +1

  • chazsteeler

    Yeah lets trade a current starting WR (or at worst 2B) for a 7th round pick next year – won’t help this year and 7th rounders don’t always even make the Team. Total idiocy! Why print this garbage?

  • T. Heflin

    Martavis isn’t the problem and we’re going to miss him when he’s gone. Coaches are idiots for not getting this guy more involved in the offense, and our franchise QB is basically an over priced game manager at this point who most likely going to retire after this year. So we won’t have him or Bryant next year, but I’m sure Ben’s replacement would love to have a WR like Bryant on the team, but people nwant to send them to Denver to play alongside Sanders and Thomas? BRILLIANT!!!

  • Mark

    Dumb and not going to happen. They control his contract through the 2018 – 2019 season. We will give him the opportunity to produce and increase his value. We will not allow him to be traded in the AFC division to come back and haunt us. Not going to happen.

  • SMF

    Steelers should keep Bryant at his relatively low first contract rate. Maybe trade for a low first or high second rounder, if anyone offered. Sending him off for a 7th is something loser franchises like the Browns would do.

  • Steelsmoke

    All you guys are high. He hasn’t even hit his stride yet. He is a little rusty and Big Ben hasn’t or can’t throw long ball like he used to . Don’t forget they haven’t played together for a year. He has been blocking his butt off. He has no right to complain about anything. This dude is a baller! He will play great cause he has to and we will get nothing for him when he leaves.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    No way he gets more than a 5th.

  • Quan Hurst

    Bryant and a sixth for boldin and a fifth

  • I.P. Freeley

    Fearful, sassy, sad, itchy.

  • I.P. Freeley

    Exporting disgruntled receivers to Denver is on of our specialties, but I would think they could at least throw in a ham sandwich, and a kick to the nuts to grow on.

  • I.P. Freeley

    What? Dear god no.

  • Trey

    We are def going to get a higher pick for Bryant once he leaves in free agency after the 2018 season. I’m stating it now. The Browns or Jags will def offer him a high contract to play for them. We will get no less than a 4th Rd for him when he leaves. I’m marking today so I remember that I was the 1st to call it 😁.


    This would be the MOST IDIOTIC thing that we could do.
    Yeah, let’s trade a guy who has demonstrated capability (not consistent capability, granted) to be a solid #2 or 1A WR to a team that is a rival for the AFC Championship.
    Oh, yeah, almost forgot – AND let’s do it in exchange for a pick that’s universally viewed as a throw-away in the NFL draft world !!

  • Dan

    Those two are also on a whole ‘nother level. Martavis is a bit part compared to those two. Bell had more reason to demand more money than Bryant.

  • pittsburghjoe

    James Harrison gets drug tested weekly. I guess the Depot has no testing policy or the author of this article would be first in line. Hurry, Dave get the cup… And not the Stanley.

  • francesco

    MB never said he wanted more money. He said he wants to be more involved in the offense.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    My issue is.. Why all these girlfriends and with wives starting speaking for these men so much? It all started with Brady wife

  • Jason

    didnt they get a 6th for a punter, they gave more then a 7th for Scobee

    makes no sense

  • Ryan Alderman

    That deal would completely SUCK for Pittsburgh!!

  • Ken Krampert

    Anything after a 4th round pick makes no sense. Play him out and say bye bye. My guess is he gets nabbed smoking again before his contract is up. He seems real dumb….

  • pittsburghjoe

    The whole article was not thought out well. It makes no sense to dump him for peanuts. Slow news day. Gotta generate something, I guess.

  • Tom McConnell

    Just a simple comment. Martavis is worth at least a 3rd round pick. Personally, I don’t want it to happen.

  • pittsburghjoe

    That sums it up!

  • Louis Hensler

    He’s worth more than that as a backup.

  • steelchambers

    Are you freaking out of your mind? A seventh-round pick for Martavius Bryant? Never, never, never would the Steelers be that freaking stupid

  • Mister Wirez

    It’s the pot, it makes people stupid, and he probably was not that bright to begin with. Everything wrong in Bryant’s mind is his own doing. In the end it will cost him $millions.

    The Steelers all ready traded a Superbowl MVP to the Jets because of dope for a future sixth round pick named Antonio Brown. So Bryant is lucky they didn’t trade him this week to somewhere he won’t hurt them, like the 49ers. One more slip-up and I’ll bet he get his wish. So a 6th or 7th rounder is probably all he’s worth. Plus his agent and GF aren’t helping him much either.

  • LHW

    Yeah – Denver, perfect. Like a kid in a candy store. Now that I got that heartless comment out of the way . . .

    He made some pretty demanding and selfish comments public. Imagine what he says in his inner circle at this point. There are currently two Martavis Bryants – the one the public and the team interacts with and the one that interacts with with close friends and family. I can’t imagine the crap the he says to his friends and such after reading the tempered stuff he puts our for all of us to read.

    What a shame. The world was his to reap. With dedication, focus, and a dose of humble he could have been a Steeler great. Instead it seems he will be a flash in the pan. For the sake of Martavis and the Steelers I hope they trade him and a fresh perspective will straighten him out. Despite me being so hard on him I truly do wish him the best. To come this far and fall inches short due to drugs, attitude, and ego would be tragic. Go get em’ Martavis – turn it around.

  • Mister Wirez

    and his agent…

  • Dshoff

    That’s just stupid. Yeah, trade Bryant when his value is at his lowest.

  • Jon Crissinger

    Santonio Holmes was only worth a 5th and he was a super bowl mvp

  • MC

    Better off keeping him for his entire contract and let him leave in FA so we get a better comp pick.

  • LucasY59


    I dont know how many things would be wrong with this trade, Denver doesnt have a QB that throws deep (so if MB isnt happy in Pittsburgh, he would be happy with the Donkeys)

    7th rd pick as compensation? definitely think the Steelers are keeping him instead of shipping him off for the 200 something pick? add to that the Owner and HC have said they arent trading him (so if you are going to come up with a trade that makes them change their mind, it would have to be a lot better than that…I dont think they could get a 2nd rdr for him, but that would make me think about trading him, any less than that and I would keep him through this season, if not longer)

  • Christian Cheech Sander

    They will not trade to any AFC team that has a shot at making the playoffs

  • Matthew Marczi

    That’s a hell of a combo.


    Ha,Ha…..All you are CRAZY,Steelers wont beat Playoff teams with 2 slow slot recievers,let alone win a Super Bowl! Id be upset too if i got 3-5 targets per game and AB is getting 15-20 ! HC said MB is NOT a Cancer! By the way watch all the film from all the games this year MB is opened alot but,Ben just forces the ball to AB! Look at the Steelers wide reciever stats this year and compare them to the Patriots wide reciever stats from this year, this will shed light on WHY the Pats win and we dont even though the Steelers wide reciever core is MORE talented!

  • Riverstko

    I hope they don’t that would be very stupid. I heard he might get traded to the patriots…….

  • pittsburghjoe

    Stout they are not.

  • melblount


    Here, I corrected that for you – Martavious.

  • John Pennington

    Would not trade MB for a 7th pick.Think the steelers and MB can work this out but it may need a little time.Would not do anything until the season is over..

  • Conserv_58

    That’s what happens when a player fails multiple drug tests and then makes one of the biggest bone headed decisions by tweeting that he was about to do a wake-n-bake.

  • Conserv_58

    His girlfriend wants mo’ money.

  • Conserv_58

    LOL! If I’m a team interested in signing Martavis I would have one major prerequiste and condition before signing him. Lose the loud mouthed girlfriend.

  • Conserv_58

    Since they lead the league in sacks and are on a pace to shatter the NFL record they are certainly formidable pass rushers.

  • Conserv_58

    I’ll correct you. It’s, “Martavis”.

  • americanpatriot

    Right now I’d be surprised if we could get a pand of chipped chopped ham and an Islay’s double decker cone (ah, the memories.) Let’s face it, no matter how persistent the media is in keeping this ‘trade’ possibiity alive, the FO and owner said it ain’t gonna happen.

    The Steelers have the rights to a potential valuable commodity (or bust) for next to nothing for the next 1 1/2 years. The most this is costing us now is a roster spot, which is important. What would we get for a 7th rounder? Long snapper maybe?

    When MB was ‘right’ we all saw his ability and potential. Will we ever see it again? Only the shadow knows, or the FO by the end of the year.

    The team needs to draft Ben’s replacement next year, IMO, and they are going to need draft picks to do it. I think MB will be on the field after the bye week and given an honest chance by Tomlin and Ben to show the league what he can do and raise his trade value while doing it. That would only make sense for ALL parties concerned. If he realizes the gravity and opportunity he has, he will run his fastest and jump his highest. I’m sure the Steelers know the only way we could get a decent offer for him is if we put him in a position to succeed. If he does, maybe a 3rd or 4th rd for him. If he fails, or if we black ball him he will be virtually worthless.

    Trading him now would be foolish, IMO, and in 60 years, I’ve never known the Rooneys to be that foolish.

  • Carl Mendelius

    Keep MB he is in great shape and off the weed. He has nothing to prove, Ben is forcing the ball to AB and avoiding MB intentionally. Ben has been terrible this season and wants AB to bail him out.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Jeesh…I thought we traded him…glad we didn’t. Need to change my other comment…lol

  • steelchambers

    It is actually Martavis Bryant

  • melblount

    OMG…you guys DO KNOW my post was a joke right?

    PLEASE tell me you do. PLEASE.

  • melblount

    OMG…you guys DO KNOW my post was a joke right?

    PLEASE tell me you do. PLEASE.

    The joke being, if you’re gonna butcher his name, at least butcher it properly.

  • Chad Sanborn

    Why don’t we do something revolutionary, like running him out of the slot on our team. Afterall he is already on our team. I think part of his gripe is real. he isn’t targeted because he isn’t being used correctly when paired with AB.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    Ludicrous to trade him now especially to AFC team..if he gets his sh*t together and has a strong 2nd half then he could be traded to an NFC cellar dweller for a higher pick. The Steelers have leverage because he’s still has a year left on contract. He won’t be allowed to be any further distraction either.

  • Pete DelleGrazie

    Makes no sense to trade him now unless some team is dumb enough to over-pay. If he stays clean and sees some success before end of year then maybe you get more value in a draft day trade.

  • Michael Pennant

    It makes sense for Denver, how about trading him the the NFC instead of the AFC. How about not trading him at all and making HIM earn his way back to the team rather than the team giving in ti his outrageous demands. He is solely responsible for the position he is in and now after getting support from the team wants to take the easy way out to a big payday. Make his A*s sit for awhile where he might appreciate where he is at instead of the opposite

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    The least coast media frenzy to weaken the Steelers at all costs, by get them to ‘give’ Bryant away, whose not even on the market, has become more than a little insulting. Their sports departments have degenerated to a FauxAlwaysLiesAboutEverything! level. The ever-increasing bias infecting their coverage is making their game broadcasts ever more unbearable to watch.

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m watching long segments of the games with the sound muted and have for years now, so I don’t have to endure the announcer’s crap! Thank the gods for my ‘Mute’ button!!! I wish the radio broadcast would sync with the TV like it used to. I MISS THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Even the Steelers home broadcasts just have a more professional feel of detachment than the naked rooting for and against certain teams that TOTALLY DESTROYS the watch-ability of the networks. Least coast and especially CHEATRIOT games are absolutely unbearable!

    For the first time in my memory, I didn’t watch or even read a single NFL anything after the two minute warning in the AFC Championship Game, last year. I didn’t even know the score until about a week after the Super Bowl!

  • Steve Johnson

    She needs to pack her bags up and return from where she came from.