ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the wide receiver asked to be traded. However, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin made it clear the young wide receiver didn’t want out.
After a few days of rumors swirling around, Washington himself addressed the potential of a trade. “That’s a private conversation,” Washington said, via ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. “As far as me being happy in Pittsburgh, I love it here. Who wouldn’t be happy playing football as their job? I come to work every day with a smile on my face.”
With all of that in mind, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that a trade is unlikely at this time.
#Steelers WR James Washington does not expect to be traded at this point and is focused on the 2021 season in Pittsburgh, per source. Washington had been frustrated with his role, but barring a change, Steelers not looking to trade him.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 1, 2021
“Steelers WR James Washington does not expect to be traded at this point and is focused on the 2021 season in Pittsburgh, per source,” Fowler said in a message on Twitter. “Washington had been frustrated with his role, but barring a change, Steelers not looking to trade him.”
A 2018 second-round pick out of Oklahoma State, Washington has 90 receptions for 1,344 yards and nine touchdowns in 45 career games.
Following his alleged trade request, the Steelers made it a point to give him more targets in training camp and during the preseason.
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