The Pittsburgh Steelers traded wide receiver Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night for a third-round draft pick. The talented but enigmatic Bryant had asked to be traded out of Pittsburgh in September, and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Thursday that Oakland had been “on this for a while” when asked about the deal. Bryant told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that he was “happy” when he heard the news, calling the trade “a blessing.”

The Steelers received the 79th overall pick, which the Raiders received earlier Thursday night when they traded down in the first round, allowing the Arizona Cardinals to select quarterback Josh Rosen at No. 10.

Bryant missed the entire 2016 season because of a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy but returned to haul in 50 receptions for 603 yards and three touchdowns last season. He told Fowler that his career in Pittsburgh had “its ups and downs.” Bryant, 26, has one year left on his contract and joins a Raiders wide receiver corps headlined by Amari Cooper.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said teams called Pittsburgh during the offseason but weren’t offering enough to warrant a trade for a player of Bryant’s caliber. Bryant wanted out of Pittsburgh and believed there was a chance he would get dealt sometime this offseason. He has been training in Las Vegas and hadn’t reported to the team’s voluntary workout program.

He was the perfect deep threat for the Steelers’ offense but fell out of favor last season when he requested a trade and publicly questioned the ability of teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster, who now becomes the team’s clear-cut No. 2 receiver behind Antonio Brown.

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