The Pittsburgh Steelers are a perennial contender in the AFC North, but their record this year is just as good as it has been in years past.
The Steelers will have to wait until at least May, when the team hosts the New York Jets, to see if they have a shot at making the postseason.
However, the team’s season is far from over, and there are plenty of reasons why they could make a move on Bryant.
Pittsburgh has one of the best young defensive lines in the league, which is one reason the Steelers have the best run defense in the NFL.
And they have arguably the best receiving corps in the game.
Bryant has proven himself in all three phases of the game this season, which could make him a perfect fit for the Steelers, if he were to leave this team for another team.
Let’s break down some of the more intriguing options for Pittsburgh.
The Best Defensive Line The Steelers have one of their top defensive lines this year.
Bryant and Cameron Heyward have become the backbone of their defense this season.
Both are considered to be the best two-way players in the entire league, and they are able to make plays when they are asked to.
Bryant, however, is not a pass rusher.
He is more of a run defender.
Bryant can play in any scheme, and his ability to play multiple positions is what makes him so versatile.
Bryant is an extremely strong, athletic linebacker.
The Pittsburgh native has played in multiple schemes and in several positions, including linebacker, defensive end, safety, linebacker, corner, offensive line and defensive end.
Bryant started the 2014 season on the field as a backup linebacker, but he played a lot more in 2014 because he felt he needed to prove himself to be in the starting lineup.
He was very effective in 2014, making 53 tackles, eight for a loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery.
Bryant’s defensive line also played a major role in Pittsburgh’s playoff success.
Bryant finished the season as the Steelers’ leader in tackles with 14.5, while Heyward had 10.5.
Bryant had seven tackles for a lost cause, while his fellow backup has three.
Bryant will be a free agent after this season and has a cap hit of $16.5 million in 2015.
Heyward has an even bigger cap hit, but the Steelers will likely be looking to bring him back in a one-year deal, which would bring his cap hit to $26.5 mln.
Bryant would be a perfect replacement for Antonio Smith, who is also a free-agent, and could provide a boost to the Steelers defense.
Bryant could be a nice addition to a team looking for a veteran pass rusher, but Pittsburgh has the depth to make it work.
He would be an upgrade over Smith and would provide some much-needed depth on the defensive line.
The best defensive tackle The Steelers need a starting defensive tackle, and that will be Bryant.
Bryant fits perfectly into the mold of a 3-4 defensive end and has played both outside linebacker and defensive tackle in his career.
Bryant plays the position well, and has shown the ability to get after the quarterback in his four seasons in Pittsburgh.
Bryant also has a very good pass rush.
He recorded 1.5 sacks in 2014 and 2.5 in 2015, and he recorded four forced fumbling recoveries in 2014.
He had nine quarterback hurries, seven quarterback hurried sacks and six quarterback hurrying quarterback hurry interceptions.
Bryant was also named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week in both 2014 and 2015.
Bryant brings a lot to Pittsburgh’s defensive front.
He has the ability and the talent to play all three positions.
He can play outside linebacker, outside linebacker or defensive end depending on what scheme Pittsburgh is running.
Bryant does have some limitations, however.
He does not have great size, and will need to improve his strength to make up for it.
The 5-11, 245-pound Bryant is coming off an ACL injury that took place in Week 1 of the 2014 regular season.
He suffered the injury during a tackle in the second quarter of the Steelers Week 6 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Bryant then had to sit out the remainder of the regular season and the entire postseason against the Cincinnati Bengals because of the injury.
Bryant missed the next two games and was ruled out of the Bengals’ playoff game against the Cleveland Browns because of a hip injury.
Pittsburgh was able to get Bryant back for a playoff game, but that came after the Bengals defeated Pittsburgh 20-10 in the regular-season finale.
Bryant did not have the same impact in the playoffs because he played on the Bengals offensive line.
Bryant played in just five games, making only two tackles and a quarterback hurry in his two playoff starts.
Bryant averaged just 3.3 tackles for loss, 1.9 sacks and four forced fumble recoverions per game in 2014 as he was one of three Steelers to have