Sources told NFL Network that the request came recently and that Bryant’s “teammates and coaches are well aware that he’s unhappy.”
Bryant has 15 catches for 204 yards this season. He returned from a season-long suspension in September.
The 25-year-old has been suspended numerous times since the Steelers snagged him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He has played in just 26 games out of a possible 64 contests during his career.
During his last suspension, Bryant was the target of some pointed comments from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The veteran quarterback said that the Steelers’ wide receiver lied to him and that the team felt “let down” by his actions.
“It’s more than just me,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He has to win back everybody’s trust. I would hope he comes up to me and we go somewhere to talk in private. After that, he has to show with his work ethic and by staying clean that he cares — really cares — about us. If he does that, it’ll be huge. He can really help us. He can be so great.”
Roethlisberger also said that Bryant needs to “toughen up” and “grow up.”
But in June, the quarterback appeared to be back in favor with his pass catcher.
“He looks like a stud, as usual, so we’re excited for him to be on the field this year and help us out,” the quarterback told reporters this offseason.
Bryant had two catches for 27 yards in Sunday’s 19-13 win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The NFL trade deadline is on Oct. 31.