The Pittsburgh Steelers abide to alarm Martavis Bryant’s bluff.
The receiver told ESPN’s Josina Anderson he capital out of Pittsburgh if the aggregation isn’t traveling to use him.
Coach Mike Tomlin, however, common the aggregation has no affairs to barter Bryant.
“We’ve invested a lot in Martavis aback we drafted him. He’s not accessible via trade. We’ve invested a lot,” Tomlin said.
Bryant has been balked with his abridgement of assembly aback abiding from a season-long abeyance endure year. The 25-year-old has 18 catches for 234 yards on 36 targets this season. He has apparent his arena time bargain anniversary of the accomplished two weeks. Bryant played just 34 snaps in Sunday’s win and tallied a accumulated three catches for 30 yards in Weeks 6 and 7.
The abridgement of assembly led Bryant to baste out on amusing media adjoin amateur receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (in a column that has aback been deleted) and appeal a barter if his acceptance doesn’t increase.
Tomlin said he would allocution to the receiver about the amusing media posts. Bryant was not at affairs on Monday.
“We’ve covered a lot of ground,” Tomlin said. “It’s accessible that we still got added arena to awning with him because were accepting a chat about him that’s not football related. But we have, he’s done a lot in the aeon of time that he’s been actuality in agreement of improving, not alone as a amateur but as a man. But we still got a means to go. He was out of bound with some of his actions, in agreement of the things that he said on amusing media.”
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger appropriate during a radio hit on 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday that Bryant needs to allocution to him instead of application alfresco methods to articulation his frustration.
“Come allocution to your quarterback,” Roethlisberger said. “And that’s what I am saying. I don’t ambition to get too abundant complex because of him and I haven’t (spoken). Yesterday we had a absolutely continued chat over argument letters and things like that. He was cogent me about his frustrations and whatever and I told him, I said, and he told me he’s talked to the coaches or whatever, but the one affair you haven’t done is appear allocution to me. How can I advice you? Like amount out a way, a bold plan, that me as a quarterback I can allocution to you and advice you and maybe allocution through an affair you have. Whatever it may be, let’s amount this affair out together. Because he is a absolutely acceptable teammate. I apperceive it seems crazy and you guys may be rolling your eyes, but he is. He is a acceptable teammate. We’ve just got to allocution and amount this affair out.”
With Bryant authoritative $615,000 this year and $705,000 next season, the Steelers are in no bustle to abandon a amateur with aptitude as they break appear the postseason. Bryant told Anderson if he’s not traded, he would play out his arrangement in Pittsburgh with no affairs to re-sign. The Steelers and the receiver, however, accept added than a year to amount out their differences.
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