Report: Steelers Keep Getting Trade Calls On WR Martavis Bryant

The Pittsburgh Steelers have made it clear the last few weeks that they’re not trading seemingly disgruntled wide wide receiver Martavis Bryant but even so, that reportedly hasn’t stopped NFL teams around the league from calling about his availability just the same.

According to a Sunday morning report by Ian Rapoport‏ of the NFL Network, contending NFL teams have recently called the Steelers about possibly acquiring Bryant via a trade

“They have not said yes, yet, but keep an eye on this and I’ve been told that the Patriots we’re among the teams that called on Bryant during the draft,” Rapoport said Sunday morning.

Bryant, who had a social media outburst Sunday night following the Steelers Week 7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, told Josina Anderson of ESPN on Monday that he wants the Steelers to trade him prior to the league’s October 31 deadline if they don’t have plans to increase his role in the offense. On Tuesday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told the media that Bryant isn’t available via trade because the organization already has too much invested in the wide receiver.

Tomlin told Bryant this week that the wide receiver won’t play Sunday night against the Detroit Lions presumably as punishment for his Sunday night Instagram outburst that included him saying that he’s a better player than rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. After the Steelers Week 9 bye week, however, Bryant is expected to be allowed to resume dressing for games.

In short, while there may indeed be a few teams interested in trading for Bryant, it really would be surprising to see the Steelers deal him prior to Tuesday’s deadline.

  • George Hareras

    Why strengthen any other team by losing MB?

  • steeltown

    Oh my if they traded him to the Patriots (our achilles heel) I would flip!

  • Matt

    trade him to the lions for the rights to calvin johnson

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Keep on knocking, but you can’t come in.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    🤔🤔🤔

  • NCSteel

    You take the calls because you never know but chances are next to nothing that any team offers enough.
    Why would they ?
    He’s a super hugh risk gamble who has lowered his own trade value with his actions.
    Make no mistake, this player has done this all by himself.
    Impatience with the offense and going public about it after being out for a season due to more of your own handiwork shows a level of immaturity that brings his value down tremendously.
    The Steelers should play him when they feel the need and de-activate him whenever they feel it’s best for the club.

  • Jason

    Rappaport even entertaining the idea that we’d trade him to NE just shows what a hack he is.

  • Nolrog

    Yes, teams sense the Steelers are in a weak position and are trying to exploit it. Like by offering a 7th round pick.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Especially the Patriots!

  • Rick McClelland

    1st round pick or no trade. Why give him up for anything else when he has a rookie sweetheart deal that keeps him through next season for very little cost. If I’m his boss, I won’t care how disgruntled he is. I also don’t care how much his girlfriend and agent don’t like it.
    Want a better deal sooner? Then throw out your girlfriend, get rid of your agent, and move into Ben or Antonio’s garage for the next year and a half and learn how to be a teammate and true NFL player that can catch TD’s and you’ll see the money come from Pittsburgh.

  • NinjaMountie

    Sarcasm? If not, how are they in a weak position?

  • NinjaMountie

    Well now, why did you have to go and do that!? That’s an interesting prospect other than the fact that CJ would want way too much money.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Can Ian Rapport become anymore sleazy than he has been?

  • NinjaMountie

    Of course I would call about him. Of course I would field calls about a trade for him. In either case the call would be done knowing the likelihood of coming to a deal is about as close to zero as possible.

  • Nolrog

    Seriously? They have a malcontent who threw a team mate under the bus on social media that is 1 step away from being thrown out of the league for good, who isn’t working hard and isn’t playing hard and is complaining about not getting the ball enough. That is an incredibly weak position to be in.

  • Greg

    Bryant and Jerald Hawkins for Jimmy Graham?

  • Jason

    Being a malcontent and not playing hard would only kill his chances of being traded. Although I’ve never seen anything that stated he wasn’t playing or working hard.

  • NinjaMountie

    When you have a commodity that people want, and you have it as cheap as it can be, you aren’t in a weak position. Being weak would be if you HAD to trade him and had to take a cruddy offer. The Steelers could afford to sit him for 2 years as they really have nothing tied up in him.

  • Jason

    Bryant has done nothing on or certainly off the field for anyone to offer much of anything let alone a player like Graham.

  • Greg

    I don’t disagree. This is just wishful thinking since the Hawks need a LT. I know it will never happen.

  • gdeuce

    no, not really

  • Jason

    Ok , while we’re making wishes, Juluio Jones is having a down year so maybe heads up Bryant for Julio? Lol.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    the Steelers can trade martavis only if they have someone who can take his place in the lineup. DHB or Hunter aren’t viable options. I think a trade will only happen if someone offers to swap deep threat wide receivers.

  • Xclewsive

    He has been playing hard don’t misconstrue the truth.

  • Jason

    That’s what I was saying.

  • Nolrog

    Well he sure didn’t run hard on that pass last week, that’s for sure.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Ha, all right Pats, I’ll take Cooks for Bryant.

  • Jason

    Ben explained that play in detail. It was a play recognition issue not an effort one.

  • Av232

    I wish rapaport would just leave us alone 😤

  • Dshoff

    Yep, Steelers should trade Bryant. If they get a 1st round pick, or MAYBE a second. So it’s never going to happen. How about Bryant for Garappolo?

  • AndreH

    How the hell did come to this? Coming into the season this guy was supposed to be the missing piece to our offense. Now he’s just another disgruntled player who wants the ball. If you not going to play him you might as was entertain offers for a trade or deactivate for the rest of the season. Right now his head is just not in the game. You don’t want him going out their and causing your team on the field.

  • NinjaMountie

    First, I really don’t see a circumstance where they trade him.
    Second, he isn’t as valuable as many want him to be.

  • Jason

    His on field value goes down every week. His off field value can go no lower.

  • will

    Coaching

  • Chad Weiss

    If rapport reports it then it’s gotta be true

  • Bill

    Yea, sure! Trade him to the Patriots ; Belichick will turn him on to the Patriot way because he is a real coach. Josh McDaniels & Brady will quickly figure out how to use him and Bryant will then kill us if we were to meet him in the playoffs. Yea, that’s going to happen.

  • dany

    Man, even a third is ok but NO ONE will give that for him!

  • francesco

    Interesting that the Patriots wanted MB during the draft when he wasn’t cleared to play in the NFL yet. Someone (Patriots) clearly believe in him contrary to the Steelers FO. Belichick is no fool.

  • francesco

    The only Patriots player i would like to get from the Patriots for MB would be CB MButler.

  • Matt Manzo

    I kinda wish we would sit him for two years.

  • pittfan

    He could work for CNN.

  • Matt Manzo

    Exaaactly!

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    Rappaport’s use of “the Patriot’s WE’RE” is typical of the least coast, especially Cheatriot, homerism and naked open rooting for and against certain teams that runs amok in network sports reporting these days.

    PROFESSIONALISM in network sports reporting is obviously as dead as viable democracy in America and the frantic frenzy to make Pittsburgh ‘give’ Bryant to the Cheatriots for ever less in return for Pittsburgh in order to ‘help the Cheatriots in time for the deadline’ has reduced network sports reporting credibility to the level of a Sh*tler tweet!

  • Brandon Campbell

    I’d be town for that one! Bit not this other crap!

  • pittfan

    When we have major news network foisting Russian propaganda as if there was truth to it, you know the business of journalism has hot rock bottom.

  • pittfan

    His report says “Steelers expected to LISTEN TO trade offers for WR Martavis Bryant”.
    Hmmmm??? That’s not what management has said publicly. Is Rooney punking us?

  • Jason

    It’s Rappaport.

  • Lil Smitty

    If I read that quote about the Patriots correctly, it said the the Patriots called upon Bryant during the draft. If it was the year that he was being drafted it is no problem. If it this past draft, the Patriots wouldn’t be able to contact Bryant without the Steelers permission. That would be tampering.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The only way Martavis is traded is if Steelers decide he is having too much negative impact on the other players. I don’t think this is the case, but we really don’t know the state of the lockerroom though they sound loose & confident.

  • ilamarca

    Selecting the team that gets MB may be worth more than any late round pick. If the Steelers cut him and the Pats snatch him up that’s a disaster.

  • Intense Camel

    I’d prefer Mcourty

  • johnnypudding

    I’d take garappolo for MB

  • APassingFancy

    Trade him to Detroit for the rights to Megatron and talk him out of retirement. That’s a dream I had. Not a possible scenario ):

  • pittfan

    Hard to blame coaches when MB hasn’t given them anything other than happy talk.

  • Dan

    I’d say no unless an NFC team wants to give up way too much. I mean, the Pats? Come on man.

  • Applebite

    …And this is why you leave Social Media alone. Everyone wants to add THEIR twist to the narrative. So now the rumors of trading Bryant have grown into, “maybe we should prod the Steelers into trading Bryant to us?”.

    Back around May, right before training camp, I made mention of the number of teams that wanted whomever the Steelers got rid of. The Steelers have an embarrassment of riches at WR. And then they signed Hunter on top of it all. One has to figure that teams have been eying the roster since the draft.

    But if you look at this objectively, none of those teams thought two cents about JuJu in the 2nd rd, until the Steelers took him. Remember the run on DBs in the 2nd and the teams that took one. Let’s see how many of them are calling about Bryant, because the 2nd rd was the latest that JuJu should have came off the board.

    From where I sit right now, the Steelers have too much invested in Bryant to even bother thinking about trading him. They know he’s frustrated right now, but eventually things will come around and level out. He’ll be fine, and the Steelers should consider improving his contract in that time, to be fair about it. He’ll be here for the coming year on a rookie contract, we’ll see how they handle things at that point.

    One of the things to remember is that AB is headed into the 30’s right now. I doubt he’s going to be playing until he’s 40. I think the over/under for AB is 35. So, “Business is Boomin’!” will eventually have to close it’s doors at some point. So who do you have on the roster right now to take over at that point? AB and Bryant are 5 yrs apart, as are JuJu and Bryant. They need Bryant during that interim. DHB and Hunter will have been retired by then. Rogers might be somebody to consider as a starter, but he needs to stay focused. He keeps getting side tracked.

  • NinjaMountie

    I’d prefer Tom Brady. That would surely end their run of dominance.

  • blue

    The media keeps pushing this story in an attempt to move Marty B for peanuts. ……..Newsflash, STEELERS aren’t winning Super Bowl without Marty B this year. . ….So cut the trade talk

  • Hagen Rinde

    I will die if hd scores against us in the playoffs!

  • Bradys_Dad

    Just when you think he’s reached the bottom of the barrel, he finds a way to extend that middle finger just a little bit more. This arse clown seeks attention and unfortunately we all give it to him.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Ya’ll think that Ian got beat up a lot in high-school? 10:1 says you betcha.

  • Matt

    haha saw the lions received calls for his rights… last thing we want is for the pats to land Megatron…

  • Z Vranic RMT

    Nothing to see here. If Colbert traded MB to NE he would be run out of town. Thwre are teams I would consider. Carf

  • melblount

    Well, some may conjecture that sitting him this week was dual-purposed:
    1. He deserved it.
    2. He’ll stay healthy up to the trade deadline.

  • Matt

    Wonder if they would’ve traded Sammie Coates if they know this guy would be a d piece.

  • melblount

    Scary thought, but virtually impossible though if he’s a Clown or 49er.

  • Steve

    Calvin isnt coming back to the NFL, he’s loving being retired too much.

  • Reginald Pippin

    I like that, I like it even more if Megatron wants to play again

  • Steve

    Bryant needs to work more towards his craft. Study film, work more with Ben after practice, come in early and run routs with backup QB (Landry or Dobbs).

  • Z Vranic RMT

    Sorry hit wrong button. I would consider Arizona. Fitz for MB and switching our 1st rounders in 2018. Half of LF contract this yr would be done and hes a FA at end of season. Rental but him and Ab and JJSS would be killer. Cardinals have to rebuild, get a young receiver and still a 1st in a deep QB draft. Pitt gets a local kid ( played at Pitt) and yearning for a shot at SB.Detroit’s another.Ebron and a 5th. They have a couple of toung TEs. Ebron is expendable and they could use a big WR. We get a young TE with more upside than JJ or XG plus a pick. Both trades get him out if AFC. Still say use him build him back up on the cheap thwn get a 3rd rounder when he leaves as FA after next year.

  • Michael Conrad

    First round pick in the draft or keep him. I think with the right team he could become a go to good WR.

  • Quan Hurst

    Fitz or boldin and 5th

  • WilliamSekinger

    It’s funny cause he claims lots of teams are calling the Steelers to inquire about Bryant availability, yet he can’t site one single team and has to pull out the Patriots interest in Bryant at the draft almost 6 months ago? Funny stuff indeed.

  • Anthony Palmerston

    I think you’re exaggerating a bit here…

  • Steeler fan in NE

    Why is this news? Just media stirring the pot. Of course teams are inquiring, but isn’t that expected. It like a breaking story about the pats cheating 🙂

  • Anthony Palmerston

    How is he being sleazy though…?

  • Jeff McNeill

    Really! I don’t have numbers but it seems like about half the moves the make turn out like Ealy did. They are just more willing to dip their toes in and give it a shot.

  • Jeff McNeill

    They said they are not trading him not that they wouLd no listen if someone called. You never know when someone will make an offer you can’t refuse. I bet if someone called and offered 3first round picks for Brown they would think about it.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    there is zero chance pittsburgh willingly sends anyone to new england.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    cite*

  • Michael Mosgrove

    not gonna happen. we’re not trading him this year and he wont fetch more than a 5th.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    a receiver on the back end of his career for a mid round talent and a first rounder next year when we need a qb, te and safety? yeah hard hard hard pass.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    sammie coates isnt any better.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i’ll take that bet.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    doesnt really matter. neither or bryant are going to be here in 5 years. juju MAY be. dhb will be on the coaching staff. hunter will go somewhere else.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i’d rather have the hoodie.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Sad but true.

  • Rocksolid20

    Like your thinking .

  • Steelsmoke

    Yeah Ian Crapreport . His news flashes should be printed on toilet paper.

  • Steelsmoke

    Mr. Pippin that is a badass head shot.

  • Jaybird

    Dems, Republican, Fox, CNN- they are all scumbags. Don’t fool yourself thinking any of these organizations or parties have your back bro.

  • Woodsworld

    Brady is simply more able to integrate players into their offense. Yes, he could make Martavis a star….quickly. Maybe not the level of Randy Moss……

  • Steelsmoke

    I second your motion

  • Mark

    If, a big A IF he’s traded, it will definitely not be to a AFC or NFC team that has a chance to play in the playoffs.

  • Cavallonator

    At least he isn’t a douche (that we know of)… I say field calls for MB, but don’t send him for anything that isn’t a complete steal. Give him some time to get his stock back up this year and dump his stupid ass in the offseason.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Trade him for “he hate me” guy would look good in black and gold.

  • #beatthepats

    How about this trade- Bryant for Terrell Pryor straight up? Bring back Pryor isn’t he from the Pittsburgh area and has ties to Charlie Batch? Big receiver , and he was a good deep threat with Cleveland. And Bryant can be redskins no 1.

  • Zach Ribel

    I get upset when NFC teams trade with the pats. No way we would do it

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    10 minutes until the window closes on Friday Night Questions.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Need to get him hooked up with Mia Khlaifia. She’ll look like an angelic virgin compared to him.

  • Dennis Nevinsky

    I’d trade him to NE for Garappalo.

  • Xclewsive

    The pass he couldn’t locate? C’mon that’s one play out of hundreds. Fans hate players who are about there brand. The same fans that talked noise about Bell this off season, talked noise about Ryan because of injury and want Tomlin fired.

  • Work Toward

    On paper he’s not worth much… Talent wise he good. If the steelers can stand his withdrawal storm all will go well…

  • Alan Tman

    Tomlin himself said last Tuesday that all his friends in the NFL are calling trying to trade for Bryant.

  • Alan Tman

    I don’t know. I’m seeing a different Steelers culture now. They love to make media darlings now. That’s why they drafted Connor, so high, and Juju just hopped right in place on time. They may move Bryant and Brown won’t be too happy if the Juju hype train continues any longer. Bryant will be moved to give Juju every chance for him and the Steelers to cash in on the hype.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    we’ll see, trade deadline is tomorrow.

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    ‘Russian propaganda’ is ‘They didn’t interfere.’ Truth is a guilty plea and two indictments on 12 counts and he’s just getting his feet wet! Stay tuned!

  • pittfan

    No, Russian propaganda is what HRC paid Kremlin operatives for. Millions of dollars in fact illegally funneled thru a law firm in an effort to circumvent campaign fiance law. But I did hear about the indictments, thru CNN in fact. The fact that these were sealed indictments illegally leaked from Muellers supposed secret deliberations makes you scratch your head and wonder what is the close connection between CNN and Mueller…hmm??

  • Alan Tman

    You called it.

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    Brietbart’s a hate group. So’s the ‘Daily Stormer.’ They make it up, because sheep like you actually CHOOSE to be stupid enough to believe it, and them!

    Whatever it takes to service your insatiable selfishness and hate. Works for them with your kind every time!

  • pittfan

    Who said anything about Breitbart or Daily Stormer? These are facts being reported by Politico, The Hill, The Wall Street Journal, Circa News and any news outlets not completely in the tank for the Clinton Crime Family. Which BTW, none other than Donna Brazil today exposed how HRC rigged the DNC nomination. The sleaze from the DNC/Obama/Clintons and many many others will in the end be exposed.

    Your attempt to associate me with the Daily Stormer is completely scuzzy, yet is par for the course for hard core leftists robots like yourself. Goebells would be proud you follow his playbook.