Ben Roethlisberger “kind of caught off guard” by Martavis Bryant trade

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s response to the team’s decision to draft Mason Rudolph in the third round drew attention on Tuesday, particularly when Roethlisberger said he plans to play 3-5 more years after musing about retirement not so long ago.

The Rudolph pick wasn’t the only offensive move the Steelers made during the draft. They also made a change at wide receiver by trading Martavis Bryant to Oakland and drafting Rudolph’s Oklahoma State teammate James Washington in the second round.

“When I heard about Martavis, I was like ‘Oh, man.’ I really enjoyed playing with Martavis,” Roethlisberger said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I think he was a great weapon, he helped our offense, did some great things by attracting attention and making plays for us. I was kind of caught off guard, but teams have reasons for doing things. I think part of it was him expressing trade things that we all heard so much about. I think he’s probably pretty happy. For him and his family, if you’re in a good happy place, then good for him.”

Between last year’s trade request and reports just before the draft of a possible trade, Roethlisberger may have been the only one caught off guard when the Steelers shipped Bryant to Oakland. Roethlisberger said he’s heard comparisons between Washington and JuJu Smith-Schuster, who made a strong impact as a rookie in 2017.

If those comparisons continue, the Steelers offense should be in fine shape.

29 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger “kind of caught off guard” by Martavis Bryant trade

  1. Someone in the Steelers scouting department certainly knows something about drafting wide receivers. They come up with great ones in every round. As a Patriots fan, I am happy that they struggle drafting defensive backs.

  2. “Between last year’s trade request and reports just before the draft of a possible trade, Roethlisberger may have been the only one caught off guard when the Steelers shipped Bryant to Oakland.”

    According to the team, Steelers didn’t go into the draft intending to trade MB — Raiders basically came with an offer they couldn’t refuse. If not for Oakland, MB would still be a Steeler and likely would’ve walked after 2018.

    With the lack of reliable, productive WR depth after AB and Smith-Schuster, I was almost surprised they traded MB. Even if he hadn’t been traded, they still probably needed to draft a WR at some point this year.

  3. ya whatever Ben, go have another burger, you are probably jumping up and down with glee that Bryant is gone, he was a major league trouble maker in Pitt & he will take his crappy attitude with him to Oakland.

  4. .
    One never knows how draft picks will work out until you get them in camp and see how they fit in your system. With that said, I was very perplexed by the Steelers choices: a raw safety, a WR and a QB. I’m not sure if they are dramatically improved.
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  5. I would have set his value at a 4th round pick but with they badly need a 3rd receiver.. I love the acquisition but didn’t like the price. If he comes through and is a producer for them it will be justified.

  6. I don’t understand how he can be caught off guard, Martavis has been crying for a trade or release for a very long time.

  7. from the internet: The NFL suspended Bryant in March 2016 for a second violation of its substance abuse policy. He also opened the 2015 season with a four-game suspension because of multiple violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.
    Believe that’s enough to dump him…the third round draft choice was a bonus!

  8. MB was more trouble than he’s worth. He’s one failed test away from being suspended indefinitely. He whined all year about not getting more targets, even though he was third behind Bell and Brown. He pouted and asked to be traded. When Schuster was suspended for the hit on Burfict they have MB return kickoffs. I watched that game. MB just jogged when returning kickoffs. After having five kickoffs for fifty-five yards (a whopping eleven yard average) the Steelers replaced him with Fitzgerald Touissant. His total lack of effort in returning kicks didn’t help MBs case. I’m surprised they didn’t just bench him after that. I’m not surprised the Steelers got rid of him. I’m only surprised the Raiders gave up a third round pick for a malcontent headcase who is one step away from being suspended indefinitely. I don’t think they’ll miss MB one bit, especially if James Washington produces.

  9. @nhpats I’m not a Steelers fan but no way Ben is traded unless he gets hurt and a Rookie or surprise QB (Bledsoe – Brady) can play. And why the Redskins? Don’t see that happening AT ALL!

  10. Wasn’t Ben talking about retirement a year ago? Now he says he wants to play another 3 – 5 years? Did the team know that?

  11. if he was caught off guard than he’s even a bigger idiot than I knew he was.

  12. I liked MB but The man wanted to be traded. He got traded. Simple as that. The Steelers don’t need the drama. James Washington is the new receiver.

  13. How stupid is Ben that this was a surprise? They’ve been shopping this malcontent for months.

  14. Kevin Colbert is a fool. This is a contract year for Bryant and they could’ve driven up his bargaining price. You’re going to get ultimate production from a guy like MB in a contract year.

  15. Kevin Colbert is a fool. This is a contract year for Bryant and they could’ve driven up his bargaining price. You’re going to get ultimate production from a guy like MB in a contract year.

    Colbert’s results are pretty darn good so I feel he is very credible…….you as a big mouth troll….not so much.

    Ben was just being PC here…move on.

  16. Are his results good? Let’s look at the history of the players he’s drafted over the past couple of years. You might be the big mouth troll.

  17. Are his results good? Let’s look at the history of the players he’s drafted over the past couple of years. You might be the big mouth troll.

    A couple of seasons a career does not make unless you are a millennial still learning how to shave. How long has he been in charge……probably well over half your age.

  18. Ben, you do remember the offense was fine without MB for more than a year. Less distractions equals better focus.

  19. It’s a sign Big Ben. Your time with the Steelers may be coming to an end sooner than you expected.

  20. First Ben mused about retirement, now thinking 3-5 more years. Did he become a TB12 customer?

  21. I love Pats fanboys saying that Ben is old and done when their QB qualifies for social security in a few yrs. But hey, Brady has special skills by not aging like the rest of us.

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