The Pittsburgh Steelers are keeping onto launch air linebacker Bud Dupree. The team positioned the franchise label on Dupree on Monday, correct hours sooner than the NFL-mandated lower-off date for groups to make exhaust of the designation.
The movement draw Dupree, who composed a profession-excessive 11 1/2 sacks in 2019, might per chance per chance per chance manufacture around $16 million in 2020 if he indicators the label, despite the truth that that number would most likely replace if Dupree reaches an agreement with the Steelers on a long-term deal by July 15.
Coach Mike Tomlin known as conserving Dupree “a precedence” heading into the offseason after the 2015 first-spherical exhaust flourished while taking half in across from All-Pro T.J. Watt. Dupree recorded 16 tackles for a loss in 2019, fourth-most in the NFL final season. He also added four compelled fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Dupree played so effectively he compelled the Steelers’ hand. The membership opted no longer to reach him on a contract extension final summer season, turning 2019 into mainly a “shroud it” season. Dupree acknowledged he understood the team’s resolution and pressured out he didn’t lift it for my part, adding in any case he turned into once wonderful making a bet on himself.
The bet paid off remarkable time, despite the truth that it leaves the Steelers with some work to place if they wish to score below the wage cap. Pittsburgh turned into once already over the $198.2 wage cap for 2020 sooner than tagging Dupree. The Steelers might per chance per chance per chance orderly wage by slicing veterans fancy offensive lineman Ramon Foster and linebacker Stamp Barron and restructuring some contracts of excessive-profile gamers fancy quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and defensive end Stephon Tuitt.
Total manager Kevin Colbert acknowledged he doesn’t live up for the Steelers running into contract issues with Dupree the manner they did with the final player they ancient the franchise label on, running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell played below the label in 2017. When the Steelers ancient it on him again in 2018, he opted no longer to impress it and sat out your total season as a replace.
That doesn’t figure to occur with the sturdy and standard Dupree, who has overlooked correct one game over the final three seasons.