The Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday officially exercised the 5th year option for starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree. Dupree was entering the final year of his rookie control and the Steelers now have him under control through the 2019 season. Dupree has 14½ sacks and 90 tackles in 38 career games with the Steelers. Dupree’s level of play took off in the second half of the 2016 season but Dupree took a step back in 2017 where he had 40 tackles, 6 sacks in 2017. Still, it was a no-brainer for the Steelers to exercise the $9.3 million option.
Morgan Burnett (6-1, 210) Age 29 | Experience: 8 years Previous Contract: 4 years – $24.75 million 2017 Stats: 12 GP | 68 total tackles, 1 FF | The Pittsburgh Steelers are making their biggest splash in free agency, agreeing to terms on a deal with 29 year old safety Morgan Burnett, formerly of the Green Bay Packers. It was first reported Monday night by NFL Network. Burnett is scheduled to take a physical with the Steelers today, Strengths/Fit Burnett has been tabbed as a potential great fit for the Steelers since the start of free agency because of his versatility. He can play anywhere and possesses the type of versatility the Steelers haven’t had from a safety since Troy Polamalu in that you can play Burnett in the slot to right around the line of scrimmage. Burnett’s biggest strength is that he’s a top run supporting safety. Where theRead More »
The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired former Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley as their new defensive backs coach. We have hired Tom Bradley as our defensive backs coach. MORE: https://t.co/ZSUFJib8kJ pic.twitter.com/fHjlzDMbz6 — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) February 8, 2018 Bradley spent over 30 years at Penn State and was defensive coordinator from 2000-2011, and the interim head coach in 2011, after Joe Paterno was fired. Bradley had been UCLA’s defensive coordinator from 2014-2017. “I want to thank Coach (Mike) Tomlin and the entire Steelers organization for this opportunity,” said Bradley in a released statement. “I am excited to be a part of such a rich tradition here. We have a great nucleus in the defensive backs room, and my goal is to help this group continue to grow and develop as we all work toward one goal.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking for a new defensive backs coach. Carnell Lake who has held the position since 2011, has stepped down from the job citing family reasons. STATEMENT I have decided to return to California to be able to be a part of my youngest son’s last year of high school football. I want to thank Mr. Art Rooney II and the Rooney family, Coach Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert, the coaching staffs I have worked with throughout my time in Pittsburgh, and the entire Steelers organization. It has been a privilege and honor to play and coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I also want to thank all of the players I have coached during my seven years with the team – it truly was an honor to work with them. Finally, I would like to thank Steelers fans for their support and for being the best fansRead More »
ESPN’s Adam Schefter citing a source, reports Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier is making “incredible progress”. Steelers’ LB Ryan Shazier has regained movement in legs, is walking and making “incredible progress.”… https://t.co/6VJzbyy5yB — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 4, 2018 Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery Dec. 6. He was released from the hospital this week and has regained movement in his legs and is doing some walking. TIOPS INSTANT BUZZ
Le’Veon Bell’s lack of commitment on display in lead-up to Jags game Among the pressing off-season questions for the Steelers is whether Le’Veon Bell is worth all the trouble and should the Steelers strongly consider allocating the $14-$15 million next season it will cost to tag Bell again and put that money elsewhere? Finding a long-term replacement for Ryan Shazier and adding another legitimate starting cornerback opposite Joe Haden are bigger priorities than anything with the Steelers current window open on the tail-end of Ben Roethlisberger’s career. You can also put an upgrade at free safety being a top priority. To fill some of those holes, the Steelers are likely going to have to spend and maybe big to make this a more complete roster. If the end of the season showed anything, it’s that Vince Williams is nothing more than a backup player when Shazier isn’t out there toRead More »