There has been another twist in the Martavis Bryant saga, as the wideout is now allegedly saying he’ll leave in free agency in 2018 if the Steelers don’t change his role in the offense or trade him.
“On SportsCenter, Josina Anderson reports she spoke with Martavis Bryant, who says if role in Steelers offense doesn’t change, he wants out, citing need to support family,” wrote ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “If nothing changes and no trade, according to Anderson, he’s prepared to play out contract and leave after ’18.”
This is similar to what has been reported all along, but Bryant started out by denying that he wanted to be traded. His teammates made a joke of it. However, as things progress, it gets more and more clear that he really is unhappy with the way things have been going and he doesn’t want to be with the Steelers.
He only had one catch for three yards in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Bryant, who was suspended for the entire 2016 season, hoped to return and have a huge impact playing across from Antonio Brown. Instead, he’s been invisible at times and he’s being outplayed by rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster. In fact, he targeted the rookie in a social media rant – that has since been deleted – where he defended himself and said that he was a better player.
He also added during that rant that the Steelers needed to give him what he wanted. That implied he wanted a trade, and this new reports backs that up.
This puts pressure on the Steelers to trade him so they don’t lose him for nothing. It may also make other teams wary, though, as no one wants to trade for a player who demands his own way and threatens to leave, even if the team is winning, because he doesn’t get more touches.
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