Martavis Bryant joins CFL

Former recipient Martavis Bryant of Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders has signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.

The Argonauts announced the news on Monday.

Bryant has not played in the NFL since the league placed a permanent ban in December 2018 when he was a member of the Raiders. Bryant had previously been banned from being a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout the 2016 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. During his 2014 rookie season, he was suspended for four games for a drug abuse violation.

His last suspension was for violating the terms of his reinstatement from his previous suspension.

Martavis Bryant is still serving an NFL perpetual suspension, his third since joining the league in 2014. (AP Photo / Keith Srakocic)

Bryant showed with Steeler’s promise

He was conditionally reinstated in 2017 and played his third and final season with the Steelers before Pittsburgh traded him for a third-round selection against Oakland. JuJu Smith-Schuster starred in Bryant’s role as Pittsburgh’s # 2 recipient alongside Antonio Brown when Bryant missed the 2016 season.

Bryant made 126 passes for 1,917 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons in Pittsburgh before fighting 12 games with the Raiders in a 19 catch, 266 yard campaign.

Bryant declined to apply for league reinstatement before the start of the 2020 season, according to the NFL Network.

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