We recently asked via The Jet Press Twitter account if fans of the New York Jets would want to trade in order to acquire wide receiver Martavis Bryant. The majority want absolutely nothing to do with him.
When news broke that the Pittsburgh Steelers demoted wide receiver Martavis Bryant to their practice squad and would be willing to trade him, it proposed an interesting scenario for many teams. On one side of the spectrum, Bryant is a talented wide receiver that would immediately provide an offensive spark for a team that has a struggling offense, like the New York Jets. On the other side, he could be a locker room headache and a major distraction.
Recently, I wanted to gauge the interest of Jets fans to see what they thought about the possibility of acquiring him via trade. Even when one of our contributors here on The Jet Press, K. Jared Wright, recently wrote that the Jets should acquire Bryant faster than a New York minute, it mixed thoughts.
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Some felt the Jets are just a piece or two away from actually being contenders this season. Others felt since the Jets are rebuilding for a brighter future, adding someone like Bryant who could develop into a nightmare if things don’t go his way, could be detrimental to the greater picture of what the franchise is trying to achieve.
Here’s the poll and results via The Jet Press Twitter account on this hot topic of conversation:
— The Jet Press (@TheJetPress) October 26, 2017
The majority have voted against it with comments mostly around the fact that Bryant is just one more violation away from being banned by the NFL. It’s a huge risk for any team to take a part of and most recently, he’s not doing any favors with his recent comments about not having a bigger part in the Steelers offense.
The only condition that makes sense if the Jets even entertained the thought of trading for Bryant, would be to have crystal clear expectations for him and emphasize the fact that he’d be starting a brand new chapter of his career with a clean slate. Sometimes a change of scenery works for players like Bryant, especially if the culture and coaching situation would keep him in check and focused on the task at hand.
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But by the looks of it, fans don’t want to take such a risk with Bryant and would rather focus on their in-house options at wide receiver. Yeah, it’s a young and inexperienced bunch but there are some solid veterans like Jermaine Kearse and Jeremy Kerley that are leading the way and showing those around them how to continue to hone their craft. For now, it looks like Bryant will either work his way back up on the depth chart of the Steelers or find a new home soon. It will, however, most likely be nowhere near the city that never sleeps.