PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant continues express his frustration with his lack of playing time on the team.
Bryant has now reportedly told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that if the Steelers don’t include him more then he wants out, period.
Anderson posted details of her interview with Bryant to Twitter Tuesday morning.
“I just want to be happy, I would like for it to be here, but if not then oh well, just got to move on,” Bryant told Anderson.
Bryant didn’t show up to practice yesterday, reportedly “calling in sick.”
That followed social media posts the wide receiver reportedly made complaining about the number of passes thrown in his direction.
After Juju Smith-Schuster scored his third touchdown of the season, Bryant posted a comment on Instagram saying, “Juju is nowhere near better than me fool. All they need to do is give me what I want and you can have Juju and anyone else.”
“I’m not being selfish, it’s just that I want to help contribute and I want to be the best player that I can be,” Bryant told Anderson.
Bryant went on to tell Anderson that if things don’t get better, then “I got to go.”
Anderson asked Bryant about what he plans to do if the Steelers don’t trade him.
“Then so be it, I’m not going to re-sign, I’ll just play next year out. I’m not tripping.”
KDKA Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette with the Post-Gazette says every player wants the ball more.
“When you are thrown the ball, make the play. He didn’t run that deep route right against Cincinnati on Sunday or otherwise we may never have heard this tune from Martavis later that night because if he catches that ball, it’s a deep touchdown pass and he’s probably happy,” Bouchette said.
Bouchette says that Bryant was on the field more than Smith-Schuster during last Sunday’s game against the Bengals.
“Now, he wasn’t thrown the ball a lot, but they tried to get him the ball early…They even handed it to him on an end-around. He’s out of line I think and that’s pretty much what Mike Tomlin said,” said Bouchette.