Wide receiver James Washington expects to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers, despite a trade request earlier this offseason, according to a report by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
#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
Washington reportedly requested a trade during training camp, while unsatisfied with his role as the No. 4 wide receiver in the Steelers’ offense.
Washington did not deny asking for a trade when he spoke with reporters later in camp, but he chose not to confirm it, either, calling it a “personal conversation.” He did say he is happy being in Pittsburgh.
“I love it here,” he said. “Who wouldn’t be happy playing football as their job? So, you know I come into work with a smile on my face. I’m eager to be here with the guys.”
It’s not clear how seriously the Steelers took Washington’s request. The team kept just five wide receivers on its initial 53-man roster.