Argos’ head coach Ryan Dinwiddie growing ‘impatient’ with former NFL receiver Martavis Bryant

Time is running out on Martavis Bryant having the chance to earn a roster spot with the Toronto Argonauts for the start of the 2021 CFL season.

The former NFL receiver was placed on the suspended list by the Argos for failing to report to training camp when it opened Saturday, July 16.

“We’ve had some contact with him. I’m getting a little impatient with the thing. We need to get him up here now if he’s going to make an impact on our team,” Dinwiddie said.

“The ball is in his court, he needs to get his passport and get those things squared away. We’ll see how that’s going to play out.”

Players are typically placed on a team’s suspended list after not arriving to training camp or leaving the team and missing practice during the season without team approval. Athletes placed on the suspended list do not count against the active roster or reserve list limits.

Bryant signed with the Argos in January following two full seasons out of the NFL. The six-foot-four, 210-pound receiver was selected in the fourth round, 118th overall during the 2014 NFL Draft by Pittsburgh.

Bryant made 26 receptions for 549 yards and eight touchdowns in ten games as a rookie, establishing himself as a deep threat with the Steelers. He improved on those numbers the following season, catching 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns.

The Clemson University product was traded to the Oakland Raiders prior to the 2018 season. He was facing a possible suspension for violating the league’s off-season drug policy but managed to dress for eight games. Bryant was subsequently suspended indefinitely in December 2018 after violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement laid out by the NFL.

In total, Bryant has recorded 145 receptions for 2,183 yards and 17 touchdowns in 44 regular season NFL games. He ran a 4.42 forty-yard dash at Clemson’s pro day and recorded a 39-inch vertical.

The 29-year-old Bryant earned over $3 million while playing in the NFL, but the way it’s trending he won’t collect any of his $81,000 in base salary from his three-down league contract.

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