Welcome to another week of the Ben Roethlisberger Radio Transcript Show. Last we left our co-host, he was explaining his five-interception day against the Jacksonville and postgame ... frustration, let’s say. This week on 93.7 The Fan, Roethlisberger was back to talking about his teammates. Naturally, Martavis Bryant’s trade request — confirmed by the Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette to have happened two weeks ago — was Topic No. 1. Roethlisberger, in short, is on Bryant’s side. He told Ron Cook and Andrew Fillipponi on Tuesday he’s happy to have him back in the fold, expects him to continue to work himself back into shape and isn’t worried about what he or his agent did or did not do. “Martavis, I talked to him, he doesn’t want to go anywhere,” Roethlisberger said. “Sometimes things come from agents because they want what they think is best for the player and don’t realize that it ends up hurting the player. I don’t know exactly what happened here, but I do know that Martavis, there hasn’t been any inklings of unhappiness. It’s unnecessary drama. “I also look at as, the person that broke this story first [NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport] was the same person that broke the story that I wanted to be traded [in 2013], and I know there’s zero percent truth to that, so I take some of the stuff that he says with a grain of salt too.” Cook asked Roethlisberger if he’d seen any lack of effort by Bryant. “None whatsoever,” Roethlisberger said. “As a matter of fact, this last week, I thought he gave more effort in the run game, in blocking for other guys. There’s a play, [Antonio Brown] catches a ball over the middle, runs toward Martavis, Martavis turns around, picks up a block and AB almost springs out of it. AB jumps up, starts celebrating with Martavis because he saw Martavis blocking. I think the effort was even better this week on his part in things other than just the passing game.”
Ben Roethlisberger: Martavis Bryant 'doesn't want to go anywhere'
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Oct 17