Roethlisberger Says Long-Awaited Heart-To-Heart Talk With Bryant Has Happened

You all can rest easy now as the long-awaited heart-to-heart talk between Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Martavis Bryant has finally taken place.

“Oh yeah, we talked a few days ago now,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday during his talk with the media. “It was a good one. If he wants to expand on it, he can, but I will not.”

So, the two are now on the same page with one another? one reporter asked.

“Oh yeah, we were really never off the same page,” Roethlisberger said. “It just appeared that way to outsiders, but between us, there was never an issue.”

It goes without saying that everybody should be excited for Bryant to return in 2017 and especially Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger explained the obvious reasons for that excitement on Wednesday.

“It always helps taking a little pressure – safeties can’t quite lean so hard to AB [Antonio Brown],” Roethlisberger said. “You have to respect what Martavis brings, but Justin [Hunter] and them [other wide receivers] do those things too, and Hey-Bey [Darrius Heyward-Bey] and other guys have been able to do that. But Martavis is a little bit of a different animal out there.”

While Roethlisberger said Wednesday he’s hopeful that Bryant will be able to return to practice as soon as Wednesday afternoon, he really doesn’t know for sure whether or not that will be the case. Even so, he thinks the NFL has done Bryant a disservice by letting him twist in the wind as long as they have when it comes to his conditional reinstatement process.

“I don’t know, I hope,” said Roerthlisberger, about Bryant possibly being able to start practicing on Wednesday. “I mean, goodness, he’s done everything the league’s asked. I’m not really sure why they keep holding him out from being out there with the guys. To me, that’s the best, to be out there with his brothers and so I’m not really sure what the holdup is, but I know he’s doing everything he can to be out there.”

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    This is personally the “addition” to the team I am most excited about. Now if that turd Goodell, can just sign off on letting him back on the field, we will be good to go.

  • PaeperCup

    “I mean, goodness, he’s done everything the league’s asked. I’m not really sure why they keep holding him out from being out there with the guys. To me, that’s the best, to be out there with his brothers and so I’m not really sure what the holdup is, but I know he’s doing everything he can to be out there.”

    This is good to hear. As frustrating as the league is making it, it sounds like Ben really thinks he deserves the chance to be out there, and he really wants him out there.

  • lyke skywalker

    They hugged it out. Nothing to see here.

  • Jaybird

    I get goose bumps every time I think about MB,AB,LB and Big B out ther together behind that O line.

  • steelburg

    I’m glad the man to man talk thing is over hopefully the media moves on from this now. But on another note, Ben praised Hunter in a quote I’m thinking that he will make this roster if he doesn’t get hurt.

  • nutty32

    PFT is reporting past occurrences of the NFL “dragging its feet” usually resulted in bad news for the player. Says the NFL has information they don’t share with the public until after the fact, but past instances of feet dragging has meant the player is in some kind of trouble unknown to the public. “No News is Bad News” per PFT. I’m preparing myself for disappointment, but hope for the best.

  • John Pennington

    What these two men talked about should stay between them and at the end of the day its their business and no one else.We all should be happy they talked and lets move on its over and done with.

  • PaeperCup

    Why you gotta do that to me….and I was having a good day.

  • nutty32

    Well, it helps me to gird myself for bad Steeler news. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Same with Tuitt leaving the team seeking more money – I’m trying not to get too attached to him until he officially extends with the team.

  • Rob

    Not always..they dragged their feet with Bell’s 3 game suspension last year which ultimately was a reduction from the 4 it was supposed to be.

    I think it’s a league thing, or Goodell thing if you want. They’re dragging their feet with Ezekiel Elliot’s case too.

  • nutty32

    PFT thinks the NFL is dragging on Ezekiel so as not to ruin Jerry Jone’s hall of fame induction. PFT predicts the NFL will suspend Ezekiel after the HOF ceremonies.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I’m not buying that. If there was any additional incident or wrinkle complicating this decision, the team would have a sense of it in some form. But as a group, they all seem to be just waiting.

  • Rob

    I mean, sure they can predict what they want, but I’m not certain that the league dragging their feet is always tied to bad news.

    They literally always drag their feet for whatever reason. Even when Bryant was “conditionally reinstated” it had to be two days before the draft after the requirements were supposedly already met. They are a mess regardless of the content.

  • george

    Maybe but remember no MB, JuJu or Coates so it could be Ben was just talking about him because he’s gotten the most reps so far.

  • Biggie

    Good glad that is overwith, blown out of proportion issue. If Bryant wanted to talk, go talk don’t have to bring it up to media. Hoping Bryant can get at least 2 good weeks in preseason prior to Game 1 so he can get the timing down with rest of the offense. Goodell just wasting time at this point for some reason. If he’s good let him get back to it, otherwise just trying to affect the team.

  • nutty32

    I will say that PFT does have a point with these “indefinite suspensions” with conditional reinstatement. Bell got a set 4(3) games as a 1st time offender per the CBA & he didn’t have to go through all the extra hoops that multiple offenders on indefinites have to go through. Gordon, Aldon, seemingly every Cowboy, etc.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Can anyone say 70 yrs 3rd too M.B?? Get used to it.

  • westcoasteeler

    With lightning fast social media what could they have that is unknown? If you pay even a slight bit of attention to MB’a social media you can see the growth. I bet they are holding a grudge from when he was still ‘young and stupid’. I think the NFL is very sensitive and never forgets what you’ve said or done.

  • Rob H

    To say PFT is not always a reliable source is putting it nicely, Mike Florio has a bit of a history

  • nutty32

    If you use Social Media as your primary source of information and facts, you’re doing it wrong.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    “Nothing to see here, move along folks.”

  • Chris92021

    For one season, I just want all of our guns on offense available at the same time. Just one.

  • VaDave

    Words can not express the relief I am experiencing now that this meeting has happen. I hope the crease on my butt from being on the edge of my seat for the last 6 months will eventually go away.

  • PaeperCup

    This was my thinking. Everyone, literally everyone seems to be confident that Bryant has done everything asked of him.

    But Nutty’s comments are still relevant in that history shows us that feet dragging often means there’s a hiccup somewhere.

    Cautiously optimistic.

  • PaeperCup

    lol. But truth is even the most reputable sources have twitter and FB accounts. It was hard watching the draft because social media knew all the picks before they were announced on TV.

  • Jeff McNeill

    That article does not cite the cases in which that happened and that seems a little dubious to me.

  • FlaFan47

    Mr.Commish remembers who the only team that did not vote for the recent CBA was….

  • westcoasteeler

    Lol! You quoted PFT.
    My point is it’s hard to keep things a secret these days.

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  • Walt Dongo

    They exchanged special lockets too, br initials on one half of the heart, mb on the other.

    Benji and Marty together forever

  • francesco

    The media can finally move on…

  • nutty32

    I know PFT has become sort of a running joke & target of hate, but in the early days of the interweb, PFT was about the only scource to get real, insider scoops. Pretty much a must visit for all gamblers and fantasy players. I still think PFT is worth visiting for the news even after NBC bought them out.

  • PA2AK_

    Would anyone be surprised if Hunter made it and Coates is odd man out?

  • PA2AK_

    This. My favorite part about it is Ben didn’t say anything about it. Well done sir

  • PA2AK_

    lol good call

  • PA2AK_

    Damn…here come the fines for friendship bracelets!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    No not Travis Scott!

  • Jaybird

    I’m confused Skool, I don’t get the Travis Scott comment?

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Antonio Brown
    Martavis Bryant
    Eli Rodgers
    Ju-Ju Smith
    Justin Hunter
    Darius Hey-Bey or Demarcus Ayers or Sammie Coates.

    That is as stacked as I have EVER seen a WR group.

  • dany

    Well if it’s true at all I hope it’s because of something real and not a minor detail they placed into their ridiculous plan for him

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Oh my bad! Travis Scott has a song called goosebumps.

  • Jaybird

    Lol. Skoolhouse I’m old school man. If the beatles didn’t sing it , I probably don’t know it !

  • SilverSteel

    Too funny. That’s cold Walt.

  • SilverSteel

    It would be something.

  • Matt Manzo

    Hunter is doing all the right things so far!

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  • Terrible Towlie

    i hope goodell gets rectal cancer

  • Alan Tman

    Be nice if MB10 showed up tonight!!!!