ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has requested a trade, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. The request was made weeks ago, the source said. Early indications are the Steelers do not plan to trade Bryant, sources tell ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Bryant spoke with Steelers coaches ahead of Week 5 game, asking to be more involved in the offense. According to Bryant, he’s upset with target share distribution and sub packages that swap him out for rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster. Bryant returned this year from a one-year drug suspension and is signed through 2018.
In bizarre news, after the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead, it became known that wide receiver Martavis Bryant demanded a trade from the team a few weeks back and has stuck by his trade request. Martavis Bryant says he is unhappy in Pittsburgh because he is not getting enough targets, and while it’s clear that Antonio Brown is the number one option in the Steelers passing game, Bryant is not happy that rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster has been targeted so much by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. When you look at the statistics, Bryant has been targeted 34 times and caught 17 passes for 231 yards and 1 touchdown, while Smith-Schuster has been targeted 24 time and made 15 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the organization that stuck by Martavis Bryant while he was suspended four games in 2015 and suspended for the entire 2016 season for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, and now he is demanding a trade because he cannot cope with a rookie getting a few targets? This trade demand is absolutely ridiculous, and no other team in the league is going to trade anything of value for Martavis Bryant, because one more violation of the league’s substance abuse policy could lead to a potentially career threatening suspension. Martavis Bryant has no leg to stand on here, and I hope the Steelers just ignore his request, pouting and demanding a trade because a rookie is getting a few targets is absolutely ridiculous.