Raiders cut Martavis Bryant after trading third-round pick for receiver in April
The Bryant experiment worked out poorly for Jon Gruden
The Raiders are not having a great Saturday. First they star defensive end Khalil Mack to the Bears. They followed it up by landing AJ McCarron, , sort of. Then they topped it up on Saturday by, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN, deciding to cut Martavis Bryant.
Yes, that's the same Bryant the Raiders traded for earlier this offseason, Steelers used to trade up and select rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph at No. 76. The Raiders have nothing to show for it now, having decided to move on from Bryant.during the first round of the draft. That pick was No. 79 overall, which the
We should have seen this coming: Bryant is complained to the Steelers about his role and asking for a trade., the news of which started bubbling up in June. Bryant had and, upon returning,
New Raiders coach Jon Gruden had previouslyand Bryant .
The whole thing looked like a disaster from the start, another curious example of offseason decision making by Gruden since entering football after a decade-long hiatus.
Now the Raiders are going to hang their offense on the production from Amari Cooper -- he of two 1,000-yard seasons before a down season in 2017 and serious problems with drops throughout his career -- and Jordy Nelson, a 33-year-old wideout cut by the Packers with an ACL injury in his past, to buoy the offense. Well, that and Marshawn Lynch (retired once already) and Doug Martin (cut by the Buccaneers).
This is not me trying to be a jerk, but it's hard to figure out how the Raiders are going to be good in 2018. And it's hard to figure out exactly what Gruden's plan is right now. When he was coaching the Raiders and Bucs, people slung around third-round picks pretty casually. Now, while that pick is not a guaranteed starter or anything, it's considered a much more valuable commodity around the league in general.
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