Last Sunday, NFL.Com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martvais Bryant had requested a trade, and ESPN’s Dan Graziano soon confirmed the report. After the Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs just hours later, Bryant tweeted that he “is happy to be a steeler” and that he “can’t wait to reach number 7 this year” in reference to the Steelers’ number of championships. Bryant’s comments were met with skepticism; the tweet could’ve been forced by the organization or his agent to prevent a media circus.
Well, on Sunday night, it became pretty clear that Bryant is indeed unhappy about things in Pittsburgh. After Bryant caught just one pass for three yards (on only two targets) in the Steelers’ 29-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Bryant replied to an Instagram comment that said Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is better than he is.
Martavis Bryant is fed up pic.twitter.com/zkaeV8mQla
— Dilla (@E_Dilla) October 23, 2017
Martavis Bryant really wants to get out of Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/AKKgRlN18S
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 23, 2017
The comment has apparently been deleted (and came on this post shared from another Instagram user; Bryant saw his name tagged by users in the comments and replied).
The “all they need to do is give me what I want” line is certainly an interesting one. Is that Bryant saying he wants to be traded or just wants to be used in the offense more?
Bryant, 25, missed all of 2016 due to suspension after having 50 receptions for 765 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. This season, the 6’4″, 211-pounder has just 17 receptions for 231 yards and one touchdown.
If a trade were to happen this season, it would need to be before the Oct. 31 deadline.