One source who spoke with Fowler was “pretty adamant” that the Steelers won’t move him. Fowler admits that this could change in the coming weeks, but the Steelers still value Bryant as a player.
According to Rapoport, Bryant’s teammates and coaches are well aware that he’s unhappy right now.
It’s been somewhat surprising to see how limited Bryant’s role has been in the Steelers’ offense this year, so I’m sure he would prefer to be playing for a team that will get him more involved moving forward.
Bryant was suspended for the entire 2016 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and returned to the team coming out of the preseason this year.
Bryant admitted in an interview earlier this year that he considered quitting football (via Sports Illustrated) but he later changed his mind.
Bryant, 25, was selected by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $2.7 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $690,000 for the 2017 season.
In 2017, Bryant appeared in five games for the Steelers and totaled 15 receptions, 204 receiving yards and one touchdown for the Steelers. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 69 receiver out of 108 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a potential trade as the news is available.