On the same day that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant said he needed to be traded, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger staunchly stood behind the explosive playmaker who is having a quiet year.
“He is a good teammate. He really is,” Roethlisberger said of Bryant on 93.7 The Fan. “He needs to talk to his QB and we can figure this out together. He can help us. I’m not giving up on him.”
The Steelers had high hopes for Bryant, who was suspended for all of 2016. With their other weapons – running back Le’Veon Bell and fellow wideout Antonio Brown, for instance – they hoped he could give them incredible depth and make some big plays. He has just one touchdown on the year, though, and had only one catch in the win over the Bengals, putting up three yards.
He’s not happy about it, and he didn’t hold back when asked.
“If they don’t try to include me more and continue to do the same thing, then I want out period,” Bryant said, per ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “I just want to be happy. I would like for it to be here, but if not then oh well. Just got to move on. I’m not being selfish, it’s just I want to help contribute and I want to be the best player that I can be. By the end of whenever the trade deadline is. I mean if things don’t get better, then I got to go.”
If they refused to do that and didn’t trade him or change his role?
“Then so be it,” Bryant said. “I’m not going to re-sign. I’ll just play next year out. I’m not tripping.”
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