Art Rooney II: ‘We’re Not Looking To Trade Martavis’

Pittsburgh Steelers team president Art Rooney II has finally addressed the report regarding wide receiver Martavis Bryant wanting to be traded.

“We’re not looking to trade Martavis,” Rooney told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, according to Gerry Dulac. “He was out of football for a year. Maybe some of us had higher expectations how quickly he could get back up to full speed, but he’s making progress.”

Sunday night after the Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, reports starting surfacing that Bryant or his representative had asked Pittsburgh to trade him because he was unhappy with his current role in the offense. Bryant later denied he had requested the team to trade him a few days ago.

Bryant, who has seen his offensive snaps dwindle some over the course of the last several weeks, enters Week 7 with just 17 receptions for 231 yards and a touchdown. On Tuesday, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio interview that he thought Bryant showed no signs of being a disgruntled player during the team’s Sunday win over the Chiefs.

“As a matter of fact, this last week I thought he gave more effort in the run game, in blocking for other guys,” Roethlisberger said of Bryant’s play against the Chiefs. “There’s a play, A.B. [Antonio Brown] catches a ball over the middle running towards Martavis, Martavis turns around and picks up a block and A.B. almost springs out of it. A.B. jumps up, starts celebrating with Martavis because he saw Martavis blocking. I think the effort was even better this week on his part in things like other than just the pass game.”

According to Dulac’s Thursday report, Rooney currently has no issues whatsoever with Bryant’s work ethic.

“He’s working hard, he’s making progress,” Rooney said. “He’s been a contributor to the offense and has the potential to be a bigger contributor.”

The Steelers will play the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field this coming Sunday and Bryant might get a chance to go against second year cornerback William Jackson III in that contest should starting cornerback Adam Jones ultimately sit out with a back injury. The Steelers really could use some deep pass production in that game as that’s been lacking so far this season.

 

  • John Pennington

    Break out game for MB only if Ben throws him the ball or it will be another Ben and AB show no fault to MB then we will all know whats going on then its up to Tomlin Haley to stop playing games with MB.Maybe Mr Rooney will step in because thats whats needed and get on Burns for not tackling and blowing his assignments and not supporting the run game.

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    I know this is a football message board, but that might be one of the longest run on sentences in the history of the written word. Just saying lol

  • heath miller

    yeah its long.. run on .. but its fun to read it out loud without taking a breath .. good lung exercise … lol

  • PaeperCup

    lol

  • dany

    William Jackson eh, burn him for Burns, Martavis!

  • pcantidote

    We’re not looking to trade Martavis, we’re looking for him to get a new girlfriend.

  • Michael Cunningham

    Martavis had some breakout games against the Bungles
    Could easily see that happening again Sunday ..

  • Brenton deed

    The Chiefs double covered Martavis a lot… defenses have to account for him and that gets lost in the focus on stats. It would be nice to see him get some stats to go with his efforts though.

  • So glad to hear! I’ve always liked M.B.. I know he can get back to where he was a couple of years ago. It’s just taking more time than I had thought. I’m a patient man. I believe he’ll have a break-out game soon. Remember that game where he did that somersault in the endzone to catch the ball? That was an amazing catch. I can’t wait for him to get back to that type of play-making.

    Did you see during tonight’s K.C. vs Oakland game when they were comparing the Raiders to the Steelers when going up against the Chiefs? They showed the animated ‘Three Killer Bees’ (Big Ben, A.B. and Le’Veon Bell) flying around on the screen. I hope someday soon people will be talking about the ‘Four Killer Bees’ that will include Martavis Bryant as well. That was kind of starting before he got into trouble. Hopefully we can get back to that soon.

  • Rocksolid20

    All he needs is a little puff .

  • jsteeler

    Mb will never puff again. What kind of fan encourages this?
    MB needs Ben to audible into a double move and a pump fake with an accurate throw.
    MB will be back in stride again.

  • jsteeler

    I think the kicker Boswell can be one of the Killer B’s after his record setting Playoff performance in Kansas city last year of 6 FG’s in a playoff victory.

  • mhurk

    Would have to be crazy to trade Martavis, He is like Pomagranite Meo, He changes everything 🙂 Seriously tho He opens everything up just check AB’s #, He just cant be left 1:1 total mismatch. Hypothetically speaking I would need a 1st round pick to trade Him, wont happen.

  • Steve

    We aint no english teachers here, we like football.

  • Steve

    We will see, if MB gets going, they better look out.

  • Steve

    Teams can only double cover so many. If they double cover AB and MB then JJSS, TE or Bell should be open. Ben need to find the open guy and get him the ball.

  • Steve

    Raiders couldn’t stop the Chiefs, like the Steelers did. Tony kept talking about the Counter pull the Steelers used on the Run plays and admitted, no one can do that like the Steelers. Was really suprised in the Chiefs/Steelers game Tony said AB is the Best receiver in the League. Bet Dez didn’t like that.

  • kakello34

    Does it really surprise anyone the Steelers can’t make all this work on offense when everyone is finally on the field? Especially if you’ve been watching them for a couple decades.

  • NinjaMountie

    Yes and I’ve been watching them for decades.

  • Wayne Padgett

    You are right with MB out there running around with that speed AB”s numbers goes up. You can”t double team everyone eventually someone gets open. As good as AB is his #”s goes up. Just look a couple years ago AB almost broke in a single season the catch and receiving yard record if not for Big Ben missing 4 games he would have and that was with MB in the lineup. When teams have to account for Bryant’s speed that leaves Brown to open up with more catches and yards. Brown is the best possession receiver in football hands down. His numbers and targets will always be there. He”s Big Ben”s go to guy because he gets the job done nearly every night. Brown has never been shutdown that’s how good he is. Bryant will come around. His time will come. The man has been out for a year. It’s taking him time to get back to where he was but it will get there. Bryant will never get the amount of targets as AB it would be insane to think that, but he will eventually get his share.

  • Rick McClelland

    Maybe he could just smoke some nice legal hemp. It grows in ditches all over the mid-west.

  • Rick McClelland

    Good idea.

  • EdJHJr

    Not funny, but actually looked like the entire offense was out of football for a year

  • Stairway7

    Vanna, I’ll but two commas and two periods please!

  • Stairway7

    I’d like to see him match up agaisnt Jackson.

  • SilverSteel

    lol. Pom Mio. Too funny

  • SilverSteel

    Post of the morning! Good one. 😝

  • Stairway7

    I’m one who is guilty of having unrealistic expectations of this kid. You see videos of 235 pounds of muscle moving at 4.3 speed and think WOW. But it’s hard to simulate being jammed at the line by a receiver, beating double coverages and communicating with the QB. He’ll be back. I think the 2nd 1/2 of this season he’ll be a force to reckon with.

  • SilverSteel

    You don’t need to be a teacher to write with punctuation. Seriously, It does help though to make some paragraph breaks. Reading a huge chunk of words is hard in the 👀.

  • Gizmosteel

    LOL

  • francesco

    I had to read this 3 times!
    It makes sense what you said.

  • Ken Krampert

    If they connect early on a deep ball, he could have a big game. It seems like they go deep to him early and when it doesn’t connect, they forget about him. Early success is key.

  • Nathanael Dory

    True

  • Michael Mosgrove

    thatd be great but bens been wayy off on deep balls this year.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    pom mio? you’re an odd duck arent ya? ha. deff didnt like that stuff.

    also no one in hell is going to give a first for a twice suspended, last shot dude with injury history who has underperformed this year.

    matthew or someone did an article the other day explaining why bryant hasnt gotten more snaps or targets.

    we’d be lucky to get a 5th.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    browns been shutdown before. a few different times.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i’ll take that bet and raise you a third period and semi colon in there too. i think that might be euro syntax.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Bengles probably are not the best team to try to bounce back against. DBs strong. I sat him on my FFL team, although I’m certain he will go off at some point and ruin my week for not knowing when it will happen.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    He’s also a big dude and needs to fight and outmuscle people to ‘make’ plays.

  • pittfan

    The O is beginning to click on several cylinders now and we need to final 2 to finally spark up, ie, Martay the Missile and the TE position. Those cylinders are next. #10 is going to have a big game soon.

    6 games in, with a 4-2 record, the team is hitting it’s stride and we’ll start stacking W’s.

  • Hemp doesn’t get you ‘high’. I suppose he could gather some and make some great rope though.

  • Matt

    MB wants to make more $$$.
    Only way to demand more money is to show he could make plays again.
    Only way to make plays is to get the ball. If AB is the #1 guy, LB is getting 30+ touches a game, and he isn’t a great blocker he can’t lock up time on the field.

    AKA he isn’t going to get $$$.

    STAY OFF THE WEED (steven A voice) and BLOCK and he will get his shot!

  • nutty32

    Ben has to get him the ball on target. He’s had a step or two (or three) on the defender on almost all those near misses. That’s all that #10 can control.

  • Rob

    I just watched Amari Cooper go off for 200+ yards and 2 TDs after doing mostly nothing the whole year (on my fantasy team bench of course), Bryant can still ball out this year.

  • Jones

    Exactly. All this talk about MB needing to get going… Well, it takes two to tango. Ben needs to hit some of these deep balls accurately for us to see what we all loved about MB in action. Otherwise, we can just hope for PI calls.

  • Jones

    This. We need to run it down their throat this week and wait for MB to come back another week.

  • Jones

    True, but MB did slow up on a route (Bears I believe) that cost him a long completion.

  • Xclewsive

    Patience Martavis the regular season is just a prerequisite to the Steelers ultimate goal. That’s when you’ll be called upon to be special.

  • Rick McClelland

    I’m not trying to get him high. I’m trying to give him some smoke. LOL.