Chicago Bears: Controversial, intriguing free agent wide receivers

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Chicago Bears, Martavis Bryant
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Martavis Bryant

You want controversial? Let’s get controversial. Following a similar path as former Patriots and Browns wide receiver, Josh Gordon, Martavis Bryant simply can’t stay out of trouble. It really is simple for Bryant: Lay off the drugs.

Sounds easy, right?

For guys like Bryant and Gordon, though, it’s not that simple. Both of them will need to get the help they require over the offseason for them to have any shot at being reinstated.

Yes, in case you forgot, Bryant is under an indefinite suspension for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. However, there is a possibility of being reinstated prior to training camp in 2019.

For his entire career, people have been dazzled by the combination of size and speed from a guy like Bryant. He’s a deep threat, but a big-bodied deep threat. At 6-foot-4, with blazing speed, he’s a borderline elite talent when he’s putting his effort to the maximum. In 44 career games played, he’s scored 18 touchdowns.

Truly, I’ve seen plays where he has completely left his man in the dust on a route, and finished with a ridiculous score. If you can’t remember, go search his name on YouTube followed by the word “highlights.” You’ll get a glimpse of that potential he’s always had.

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Now, the big question is, is he going to be reinstated? If so, he needs a locker room where he will have the support he needs to finally move past his issues. If the Bears’ locker room didn’t show you a tight-knit family last year, you were watching the wrong team.