Steelers Depot – Does Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant really want to be traded? According to a report this past weekend by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Bryant, or someone who represents him, did indeed ask the Steelers to trade him recently. On Tuesday, however, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked during his weekly interview on 93.7 The Fan to discuss that Bryant trade report.
“Yeah, I have talked to him I talked to him before and you know what it is, is sometimes, like Martavis, I talk to him, he doesn’t want to go anywhere,” Roethlisberger said. “Sometimes things come from agents, because they want what they think is best for the player and dont realize that it ends up hurting the player. I don’t know exactly what happened here but I do know that Martavis, there hasn’t been any inklings of unhappiness. It’s unnecessary drama.”
Roethlisberger then went on to take a shot at Rapoport.
“This is the first person that broke this story first was the same person that broke the story that I wanted to be traded and I know there’s zero-percent truth to that, so I kind of take some of the stuff that he says with a grain of salt, too,” Roethlisberger said.
Roethlisberger was then asked about the Sunday night tweets from Bryant’s girlfriend that have since been deleted that seemed to support the idea that the wide receiver wants out of Pittsburgh.
“Yeah, and I cant speak on that behalf,” Roethlisberger started. “Obviously, we landed [Sunday night] and we all saw that and I don’t know if it’s one of those things where at home you’ve got a bunch of people that are saying ‘Why aren’t you getting the ball? Why don’t you do this? Why don’t you do that?’ Almost just kind of gassing him up if you will. But, like I said, Martavis is an asset to this football team. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do.
“Obviously, his numbers aren’t probably what he was hoping and expected and probably all of us to a certain extent, but you also understand he’s been gone for a whole year, it’s not like he missed six games, four games, eight games, it was a whole year, and that’s tough. And I’m happy to have him back as a teammate and a football player and I’m excited for what’s going to come down the road for him on this football team because I can see how close he is and we are together.”
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Now, don’t get me wrong. Big Ben has every right to still be mad at Ian Rapoport for reporting that he wanted out of Pittsburgh. Whether or not it actually was true, it never happened. And if anything, it caused a giant fucking distraction during the 2013 season. Never ideal to have word leak out during the middle of the regular season that your franchise quarterback wants to get out of town, imo.
But here’s the thing: the Steelers can’t do anything this year without tripping and falling directly on their faces. They’ve had Big Ben contemplating retirement, Le’Veon Bell holding out of training camp, Alejandro Villanueva coming out for the National Anthem in Chicago while the rest of the team stood in the tunnel, AB chucking a gatorade cooler on the sideline in Baltimore, and now Martavis Bryant requesting a trade mid-season. Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed by multiple parties that Bryant wants out, yet the Steelers are still denying the reports. I don’t think it’s really fair to ask the players whether or not they know about Bryant’s trade request (considering they’re all going to deny it regardless), but at the same time, it’s not a good look. I hate to say it, but this is the difference between championship teams like the Patriots and AFC champion runner-ups like the Steelers. If this type of stuff happened under Belechick’s watch, I’m pretty sure he’d vaporize his players with laser beams coming directly out of his eyes. Enough with the bullshit, and more with the football.