Big, if not strange, news out of Pittsburgh tonight. NFL Network’s Ian Raporport tweeted out moments ago that WR Martavis Bryant has requested a trade.
Sources: #Steelers playmaking WR Martavis Bryant recently requested a trade. His teammates and coaches are well aware that he’s unhappy.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 16, 2017
It’s unclear why Bryant is unhappy and Rapoport doesn’t go into specifics. It could be a lack of playtime. Bryant has been out-snapped by rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster each of the last three weeks and I believe the same held true for today’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
It’s worth pointing out this is the same Ian Rapoport that said in 2013 Ben Roethlisberger requested a trade. That was obviously proven to be false. I’m sure you remember this.
#Steelers sources expect Big Ben to ask them to explore trade options after 2013. They fielded offers for him last offseason. Could again
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2013
On Sunday, Bryant caught just two passes for 27 yards. For the year, he has 17 catches, 231 yards, and one touchdown.
UPDATE: As many readers have pointed out, a woman who says she is Bryant’s girlfriend vented frustration during today’s game about his lack of playtime.
Bryant’s girlfriend also tweeted (then deleted, screenshot below), this moments ago.
UPDATE (10:12 PM) ESPN’s Dan Graziano confirms the initial report.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) October 16, 2017