Broad recipient Martavis Bryant, who has not played in the NFL since 2018 due to an indefinite ban for multiple drug policy violations, has signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
Contract terms were not disclosed.
Bryant’s final season in the NFL was with the then-Oakland Raiders in 2018, when he had 19 receptions for 266 yards in 12 games. He played that season while a year-long suspension was challenged for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. In December 2018, he was suspended from the NFL indefinitely.
Bryant filed for reinstatement in 2019 but was not reinstated by the league.
He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2014 to 2017 but was banned for the entire 2016 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. For the same reason, he also suspended four games in 2015. The Steelers traded Bryant for the Raiders ahead of the 2018 season.
Bryant, 29, was a 2014 Steelers fourth-round pick but missed 36 of 80 possible games in his career regular season due to bans.
Bryant has 145 catches for 2,183 yards and 17 touchdowns in 44 career NFL games.
“He’s exactly what we’re looking for, but he can also run,” said Argos coach Ryan Dinwiddie. “I think the talent is definitely there.”
“He has to learn the CFL game and I’m sure he’s in great shape but we have to get him into football shape.”
The CFL plans to return in 2021 after canceling its 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.