Toronto Argos release former NFL receiver Martavis Bryant

Photo courtesy: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Toronto Argonauts have released former NFL receiver Martavis Bryant.

According to 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk, Bryant was under contract for the 2022 season prior to being cut. The 30-year-old was scheduled to earn a $68,00 base salary with $12,000 in housing plus potential statistical and all-star bonuses.

He was placed on the Argos suspended list in July after failing to report for training camp. Players placed on the suspended list do not count against the active roster or reserve list limits.

The six-foot-four, 210-pound receiver was selected in the fourth round, 118th overall during the 2014 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bryant made 26 receptions for 549 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games as a rookie, establishing himself as a deep threat in the NFL. 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 to 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.

Bryant signed with the Argos in January 2021 following two full seasons out of the NFL.