Mike Tomlin denies James Washington has requested trade

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Steelers receiver James Washington has requested a trade . . . unless he hasn’t.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Friday that the receiver has asked out. The Steelers denied it a day later.

He has not,” Tomlin said following practice when asked if Washington has expressed any dissatisfaction or requested a trade, via Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Those unnamed sources, we don’t react to or respond to. James has been great here, working, and having a good camp.”

Washington was not made available to reporters after making a leaping catch for a touchdown from Mason Rudolph in Saturday’s practice.

Washington’s 486 offensive snaps, which was 44.2 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, ranked fourth among receivers on the team last season. In 16 games, he made 30 catches for 392 yards and five touchdowns.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson likely remain ahead of Washington in opportunities this season barring injury. So can offensive coordinator Matt Canada keep everyone happy?

Canada insists Washington has “a good role” in the offense.

“James Washington’s awesome,” Canada said. “He comes to work every day. He’s a good guy to be around. Hasn’t said a word to me. Just plays hard every day and practices hard every day. I’m a huge fan of James. I really am.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean Washington’s agent hasn’t asked Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert for a trade. It also doesn’t mean the Steelers won’t trade him.

For now, though, Washington remains a Steeler.

The Steelers made Washington a 2018 second-round choice. He has 90 catches for 1,344 yards and nine touchdowns in three seasons.

9 responses to “Mike Tomlin denies James Washington has requested trade

  1. Big Ben needs quick passes on short routes. So that’s Johnson who has elite separation or Claypool who can box people out with his frame & use his lanky range for mad targets. I’d argue Harris will be the 3rd look. Ebron & JuJu cancel each other out.

  2. Washington is way overrated. He’s not an NFL WR. He’s a speed guy. Lots of fast guys aren’t necessarily great football players. I’m not saying he can’t make someone’s 53 man squad, but he’d be way, way down at the bottom. There are many guys walking the streets who would play for the NFL minimum that are better than Washington. This guy was just a mistake. Plain and simple. Better to cut your losses and move on.

  3. Ben’s arm is shot. This guys knows it and doesn’t want to get laid out to get concussed

  4. “I’m not saying he can’t make someone’s 53 man squad” Good for you, no one asked you though.

  5. I don’t blame the guy for wanting out. When they re-signed Schuster there was really no room for JW. He is simply buried on the depth chart. Tomlin doesn’t want to let him go because in all likelihood Schuster will be somewhere next season and Washington will be the #3.

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