Steelers WR Bryant tells ESPN: Use me or trade me

Disgruntled wide receiver Martavis Bryant followed up his request for a trade on social media by telling ESPN Tuesday that he wants to move on if the Pittsburgh Steelers don't want to use him on offense. 

Bryant caught one ball for three yards during Sunday's 29-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. After the game, he continued his request for a trade Sunday with comments to a fan on Instagram. 

The comments were deleted but Bryant didn't show up for team meetings Monday due to an illness. "I just want to be happy, whether it's here or it's somewhere else," Bryant said to ESPN. "I just want to help contribute. I just want to be the best player that I can on and off the field, and I want to be given the chance to be that. But I would like for it to be here. If not, then, oh well. Just got to move on." 

The trade deadline is Oct. 31 and later in the interview Bryant said he wants to sit down with Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin to discuss the situation. "I feel like it is necessary for me to talk to everyone," Bryant said. "I mean, I'm going to sit down and whoever wants to talk to me, I will talk to them and tell them how I feel." 

Bryant, 25, missed all of last season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He also was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for the same reason. 

Bryant's playing time has diminished in recent weeks. In the last two games, he played 34 snaps while getting three catches for 30 yards. 

This season, Bryant has 18 catches for 234 yards and a touchdown while being targeted 36 times. 

For his career, Bryant has 94 catches for 1,548 yards and 15 TDs in 28 regular-season games. So far, the Steelers are not interested in dealing Bryant. 

He is scheduled to make $615,000 this season and $705,000 next season. 

 
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