Steelers reportedly do not plan to trade Martavis Bryant
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is said to be unhappy with his current situation, but the team is reportedly not exploring trade possibilities for him at this time.
In response to a report that claimed Bryant has asked the Steelers to deal him, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that the Steelers “value” Bryant and that it is unlikely they will shop him around.
Early indications are the Steelers do not plan on trading Martavis Bryant, according to sources, one of which was pretty adamant. Perhaps that can change closer to trade deadline, but seems unlikely. They still value him.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 16, 2017
For what it’s worth, Bryant took to Twitter Sunday night to insist he is happy in Pittsburgh despite the fact that he has caught three or less passes in five of six games this season.
Big win today and tomorrow right back to work tomorrow I am happy to be a steeler and can't wait to reach number 7 this year.
— Martavis Bryant (@ThaBestUNO) October 16, 2017
The Steelers have stood by Bryant through the 25-year-old’s multiple drug suspensions, though there were some indications over the summer that Bryant was not getting along with Ben Roethlisberger. Bryant is always going to be the third option at best in Pittsburgh’s offense behind Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, and the emergence of rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has cut into his looks even more.
The issue with trading Bryant is that the Steelers likely wouldn’t get anything in return, mainly because of his history with failed drug tests. There’s really no benefit to the team in trying to work out a deal.