LB - PIT
Week 8 Outlook
Pittsburgh OLB Bud Dupree has officially signed his franchise tender and will return to the Steelers in 2020. His base salary will be $15.828M unless the two sides come to an agreement on a long-term deal.
Dupree signs his franchise tender ahead of the NFL Draft, and will be a member of the Steelers defense for at least one more year. The former first-round pick out of Kentucky had a career year for Pittsburgh last season, recording career-highs in both tackles and sacks, with 68 and 11.5 respectively. In his five-year career with the Steelers, Dupree has a total of 200 tackles and 31.5 sacks in 70 games played. He’ll be an early target in IDP leagues given his ability to get after the quarterback.
The Steelers are placing the franchise tag on linebacker Bud Dupree.
No surprise here as the fifth-year linebacker enjoyed a breakout season in 2019 and the Steelers said coming to an agreement with Dupree was their top priority. Pass-rushers like him are tough to find and the Pittsburgh D/ST will benefit from retaining him ext season.
Re-signing linebacker Bud Dupree is a "top priority" for the Steelers this offseason according to the team.
Both the owner and head coach have said this, so it appears that something will likely get done, either a long-term contract or the franchise tag. Dupree was one of the top players on the Steelers' 2019 defense which picked up steam as the season progressed and turned into one of the best units in the league. They figure to be a popular D/ST in 2020 fantasy football drafts.
Bud Dupree logged 11 solo tackles and one assisted tackle in a 28-10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.
Dupree concluded his impressive rookie season with the most tackles he's ever made at the professional level. Despite flopping for most of the second half of the year, Bush's talent is evident and will be a key contributor for Pittsburgh in 2020. Expect big things from the young linebacker next year.
Bud Dupree registered four solo tackles, one TFL, one sack, and two QB hits, though the Steelers lost to Ravens, 28-10.
After failing to live up to his draft stock for the first four years of his career, Dupree finally put the pieces together for his finest season yet. He essentially broke every individual record of his and even topped out at an impressive 11.5 sacks on the year. Though he may no longer be a Steeler by opening kickoff next year, Dupree should firmly be on your radar no matter what team he signs for this offseason.