James Washington Hasn't Requested Trade Despite Rumors, Steelers' Mike Tomlin Says

Timothy T Ludwig/Getty ImagesESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday that Steelers wideout James Washington asked for a trade "based upon his limited playtime last year and so far this season."However, Mike Tomlin, the head coach of the team, disputed this report on Saturday.Tomlin said that Washington has not asked for a trade after being asked by reporters if Washington expressed unhappiness about Pittsburgh. We don't respond to those unnamed sources. James has been wonderful here, working hard and enjoying a great camp.Matt Canada, offensive coordinator, echoed this sentiment.James Washington is an amazing man. He's always there for me, he's a great guy. He said, "Hasn't spoken a word to us." "Just works hard every day, and plays hard every practice. James is a great friend of mine. "I am.It may be true that all of this is true, but that doesn't change how the Steelers boast JuJu Smith–Schuster (97 receptions for 831 yards and nine scores in 2020), Diontae John (88 catches and 923 yards and seven touchdowns in 2020) and Chase Claypool (62) receiving for 873 yards (nine touchdowns) at the top of the depth chart.Washington was the most productive last year with 30 catches for 392 yards, five touchdowns and Washington was third. There's no reason to believe this will change, barring injuries.Washington is a talented player. Washington was a great sophomore year player, catching 44 passes for 735 yard and three touchdowns. Claypool's great rookie year and Johnson's growth have helped him move down the depth charts. He will need to move outside Pittsburgh if he wants to play a larger role.He's currently in a contract year so it's hard to fault him for considering a change of scenery.Canada stated Saturday that Washington would play a "good" role in the offense for the upcoming season.Canada stated, "Certain matches, there are many matchups." James is an important part of what we do, although certain things may happen. He will continue to play a part."Washington's satisfaction with this role is not clear.