Morgan Burnett agrees to three-year deal with Steelers

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The market for safeties has been tough, and the fact Morgan Burnett had to settle for less than his last deal shows how difficult it is for some of them.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Burnett’s deal with the Steelers is for three years and “close to” (which means “less than”) $14.5 million, and that he’ll make more than $10 million over the first two years.

That’s likely well off what he was hoping for after a good run with the Packers, during which he finished up a four-year, $24.75 million extension he signed in 2013.

Burnett was reportedly hoping for something in the $8.5 million per year range, but market forces worked against him.

The Steelers are glad to offer a soft place to land, as they released veteran safety Mike Mitchell and Robert Golden earlier this month, and found a solid starter to replace.

44 responses to “Morgan Burnett agrees to three-year deal with Steelers

  1. Old and slow and missed four games last year. Another huge overpayment by the dimwitted Steelers.

  2. Didn’t Micah Hyde and Casey Heyward thrive once they got away from Capers? I wonder if there was any consideration that maybe under the new Packer coaching that Burnett would also improve a bit?

  3. “I wonder if there was any consideration that maybe under the new Packer coaching that Burnett would also improve a bit?”

    The issue with Morgan isn’t that he needs improvement. It’s that he’s banged up a lot and misses a fair amount of time and he’s on his 3rd contract. GB found a younger guy in last year’s draft with better measurables, who’s a hard hitter. And much more affordable. Good luck with the Steelers, Morgan. One by one, the GB guys who have rings are saying goodbye. Only a few left now.

  4. The Steelers are bargain hunters. Incredible deal for the Steelers and it continues to give Burnett an excellent chance to play for a storied franchise contender.

  5. Can’t believe we didn’t keep him at that price. I’m sure they have a plan, but I’m failing to see what it is yet.

  6. I like that he made the backfield calls for the Pack. We had Mitchell making those for Pittsburgh last year, so with Mitchell out, the only way to go from there is up.

    Go Steelers!

  7. In order to pay Rodgers, soon all the Packers players will have to leave, except those on their rookie contracts. Rogers will get his $150 million contract but won’t have any players left to play along with him. But that’s OK, most Packer fans seem to think he does everything by himself anyways.

  8. I am thinking he’s also sort of a veteran placeholder for whoever they draft. Another option is moving either of last year’s two promising cornerback rookies, Allen or Sutton, to safety, and drafting another cb.

    Yeah, Burnett will probably start this year for sure. In most 3 year contracts these days though, the last year is a mirage and the second one is team optional. It’s good to have options.

    Go Steelers!

  9. purpleguy says:
    March 20, 2018 at 3:03 pm
    Didn’t Micah Hyde and Casey Heyward thrive once they got away from Capers? I wonder if there was any consideration that maybe under the new Packer coaching that Burnett would also improve a bit?
    pkrlvr says:
    March 20, 2018 at 3:24 pm
    Can’t believe we didn’t keep him at that price. I’m sure they have a plan, but I’m failing to see what it is yet.
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    Casey Heyward thrived in San Diego because they play more zone. Both he and Hyde are good ballhawks, but they can be liabilities in man coverage.
    The plan is for Jones, Brice and Evans to take up the slack next to Clinton-Dix.
    They could afford to let a good guy go at safety. They need cover guys

  10. pkrlvr says:
    March 20, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Can’t believe we didn’t keep him at that price. I’m sure they have a plan, but I’m failing to see what it is yet.
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    The plan is to have Rodgers win games by himself and hope he doesn’t get hurt, just like the plan has been for the last 8 years.

  11. Referring to Rodgers … “But that’s OK, most Packer fans seem to think he does everything by himself anyways.”

    Well, they were 4-1 and among the Super Bowl favorites as per usual when Rodgers went down last year, then they became the Browns. In 2013 they were 6-1 with him, but 2-6-1 w/o him against mostly sub-.500 teams. So not only are the Packer fans correct, but you didn’t mention that he also overcomes the coach. Rodgers is the GOAT.

    Sorry to see Burnett go. That seems like a low salary to keep a pretty good player on a team that really needs multiple capable players at DB.

  12. Great fit and nice signing. Always liked his hard hitting style.
    He’ll help raise the level of play in that secondary.

    Going from one storied franchise to another, life is good.
    Welcome to the Black ‘n Gold, Morgan Burnett.

  13. He certainly can’t be as bad as Troy aka Brady’s bitch Polamalu was when it came to facing the GOAT when the lights shone brightest.
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    They faced eachother in the Playoffs one, SINGLULAR, time.

    Arrogant much?

  14. purpleguy says:
    March 20, 2018 at 3:03 pm
    Didn’t Micah Hyde and Casey Heyward thrive once they got away from Capers? I wonder if there was any consideration that maybe under the new Packer coaching that Burnett would also improve a bit
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    Hayward was ROY canidate tied for the league lead in INTs about 6 games into his career… then injuries occurred and since he wasn’t available GB let him go. Hyde was good in GB for a NB and Buffalo thought so too after seeing the contract they gave him.

    What confuses is me, why are people so baffled about these sort of things? When TT did contracts, he set it up MANY times, that the player would get one more contract before turning 30 Jennings, TJ Lang, and Burnett just to name a few off the top of my head. Not only does he do that so they have a chance to get one more solid Pay Day, but also isn’t locking older players when its more likely performance declines and injury’s pile up.

    While I really liked Jones as the Nickelback, I feel if he does move to safety permanently he will have success there, but there will be growing pains, as this will be, one step back two steps forward.

  15. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    March 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    The plan is to have Rodgers win games by himself and hope he doesn’t get hurt, just like the plan has been for the last 8 years.
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    ……….the same plan the Vikings have apparently elected to implement. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    And don’t try to tell us the difference is the “vaunted” defense, the same overrated defense that imploded against the Eagles during the most important postseason game in the history of the franchise.

  16. Decent player still, and I’d rather they had him than Clinton-Dix. But there was never much chance they were going to re-sign him, especially after Thompson drafted Jones last year. Younger, faster, less expensive.

  17. Wow, Packers are cheap. How much is Rodgers getting for Christ sake
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    I’d guess not much more than the Vikes are paying Cousins unbelievably enough. Here’s a clue: when your team makes a slightly above average QB the highest paid player in the league, you’ve lost the ability to talk this kind of trash.

  18. The plan is to have Rodgers win games by himself and hope he doesn’t get hurt, just like the plan has been for the last 8 years.
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    And of course your team’s plan has been more successful during that time right?

  19. stellarperformance says:
    March 20, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    March 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    The plan is to have Rodgers win games by himself and hope he doesn’t get hurt, just like the plan has been for the last 8 years.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    ……….the same plan the Vikings have apparently elected to implement. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    And don’t try to tell us the difference is the “vaunted” defense, the same overrated defense that imploded against the Eagles during the most important postseason game in the history of the franchise.
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    Actually, the “Rodgers Plan” only works if you have Rodgers and lately the ceiling on that plan has been a 10-6 record so it isn’t a good plan for other teams to imitate. By contrast, what the Vikings have done is build one of the most talented teams in the NFL so that they don’t have to depend on one player to win every game. They have added an expensive quarterback to that talented base but there’s no indication that they’re planning on jettisoning the other talented players and just going with the quarterback. You see, teams that have an actual plan can manage their salary cap so they can afford to add a key piece here and there that might cost a lot of money.

  20. When the Vikings win something, come talk your trash, til then don’t act like you’ve got the key to success. Put up or shut up.

  21. He’s always been a good quarterback for the defense.
    Smart, consistent and solid, he just doesn’t make enough of the big plays to justify his last contract.
    Great individual and by all accounts a quality locker room guy.
    I wish him the best.

  22. Decent player still, and I’d rather they had him than Clinton-Dix
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    HHC-D is 25, and he’s already been an All-Pro in his 4 year career.

    Burnett just turned 29. We’ve seen his best, and it was little better than average.

  23. I thought a Steeler article would be safe from pack fan obsession with the vikes. Nope.

  24. Hayward was ROY canidate tied for the league lead in INTs about 6 games into his career… then injuries occurred and since he wasn’t available GB let him go.
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    Heyward was healthy all but his 2nd year, actually. I believe he had to have screws put in to re-attach his hamstring. Wasn’t that his deal?

    He never missed a game outside of that. They just struggled to find a role for him. Symptomatic of a the poor leadership on defense over that span.

    … there’s not much we can do here but chalk that one up to a catastrophic personnel error.

    He has 11 picks and 42 pass breakups the last 2 years. He’s exactly what the Packers need in their secondary.

  25. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    March 20, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    Actually, the “Rodgers Plan” only works if you have Rodgers and lately the ceiling on that plan has been a 10-6 record so it isn’t a good plan for other teams to imitate. By contrast, what the Vikings have done is build one of the most talented teams in the NFL so that they don’t have to depend on one player to win every game. They have added an expensive quarterback to that talented base but there’s no indication that they’re planning on jettisoning the other talented players and just going with the quarterback. You see, teams that have an actual plan can manage their salary cap so they can afford to add a key piece here and there that might cost a lot of money.
    ////////////////////////////////

    Great plan………..on paper.

    “Reputations are made on what you do, not on what you say you’ll do.”

  26. pkrlvr says:
    March 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    When the Vikings win something, come talk your trash, til then don’t act like you’ve got the key to success. Put up or shut up.
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    I was just pointing out what successful teams do. Isn’t that what the Packers did when they won the Super Bowl? It wasn’t until after the Super Bowl season that they stopped caring about building the team and just waited for Rodgers to do everything. I know you’re upset and are lashing out, but you know I’m right. Or do you actually believe that the way the Packers have been going is the best way to build a champion?

  27. It wasn’t until after the Super Bowl season that they stopped caring about building the team and just waited for Rodgers to do everything.
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    Who says they stopped caring?

    2011, they were undefeated 2/3 of the season. Their D absolutely imploded down the stretch.

    The D got old in a big hurry, Nick Collins broke his neck, Woodson played his age, and they drafted terribly for 3 years… Pretty much the same thing that just happened to the Seahawks.

    At least they made that 2nd Super Bowl though.

    .. theres a ton of work for the Packers to do. Too much for one offseason.

    Enjoy your time at the top.

  28. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    March 20, 2018 at 5:32 pm
    pkrlvr says:
    March 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    When the Vikings win something, come talk your trash, til then don’t act like you’ve got the key to success. Put up or shut up.
    _________

    I was just pointing out what successful teams do. Isn’t that what the Packers did when they won the Super Bowl? It wasn’t until after the Super Bowl season that they stopped caring about building the team and just waited for Rodgers to do everything. I know you’re upset and are lashing out, but you know I’m right. Or do you actually believe that the way the Packers have been going is the best way to build a champion?

    ////////////////////////////

    This is what pack fan does, as soon as their argument starts going south then they will want to know what’s in the trophy case. I’m surprised he didn’t mention the 13 championships and storm out of the room. Stella in 3,2,1

  29. Here they go again. Rabble! Rabble! Rabble!

    Gutey better have a great draft because they’ve done nothing this offseason to fix a horrible defense. Again.
    Don’t know much about josh jones, better be right about him and hope he can stay healthy.

  30. aarons444 says:
    March 20, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Heyward was healthy all but his 2nd year, actually. I believe he had to have screws put in to re-attach his hamstring. Wasn’t that his deal?
    ____________________________

    I thought that injurys hanging around were the issue,which was why they were not allowing him to play as much, but it could have been riding the pine behind Shields and Williams. I won’t hold it against TT for not keeping him around, besides maybe it was his coaching/syste in SD/LA that helped him turned the corner.

  31. It wasn’t until after the Super Bowl season that they stopped caring about building the team and just waited for Rodgers to do everything.
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    You act like we haven’t had any success since the SB win. 8 straight post season appearances and 2 recent nfccg appearances don’t indicate that to me, that’s for sure. Just seems strange for fans of a team that’s won a single playoff game during that same time period would have such a superiority complex. Your right in there with Jacksonville and Detroit. Go lecture them about how it’s done.

  32. Burnett is a guy who played a premium play making position on defense but never made a play. He was always a hair short or a hair late. Can’t run. Misses tackles. Can’t take the ball away.

    As a safety that’s pathetic. As a Packers fan this guy was about the biggest disappointment that I can remember. After losing Nick Collins to a freak injury Burnett had the game changer spot handed to him and he did nothing with it. Adios.

  33. C’mon now, Green Bay’s had their day in the sun for the better part of the last decade.
    It’s time to acknowledge and accept the next Viking dynasty. (Eye Roll)

  34. Little children fighting online lol . Stop gag and at a team friendly cost considering the Steelers cap space . You fans of the Vikes and Pack are funny to read , but gets boring in the end .

  35. The Steelers did little to improve their pass defense with this pick up of Morgan. He isn’t a ball hawking defender. He is better at run support than defending the pass.

  36. I thought that injurys hanging around were the issue,which was why they were not allowing him to play as much, but it could have been riding the pine behind Shields and Williams. I won’t hold it against TT for not keeping him around, besides maybe it was his coaching/syste in SD/LA that helped him turned the corner.
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    He played in all 16 games his 1st, 3rd and 4th season.

    That surprised me, because I too seemed to recall he wasn’t healthy after that stellar rookie season.

    Either way, a colossal misjudgement of a homegrown player. Something we rarely saw in the Thompson-era.

  37. pkrlvr says:
    March 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm
    When the Vikings win something, come talk your trash, til then don’t act like you’ve got the key to success. Put up or shut up.
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    Translation: Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo. Please go away. Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo

  38. atthemurph says:
    March 20, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    As a safety that’s pathetic. As a Packers fan this guy was about the biggest disappointment that I can remember. After losing Nick Collins to a freak injury Burnett had the game changer spot handed to him and he did nothing with it. Adios.
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    Nick Collins had 340 tackles in 95 games. Morgan Burnett had 511 tackles in 102 games. Burnett exceeded Collins max tackles total 5 separate seasons.

    Was Collins the more dynamic player? Yes. But he also was surrounded by superior talent (defensive scoring ranks 6,22,7,2 in final 4 full seasons).

    Pack have not finished better than 11th since. Morgan Burnett proved not to be a ball hawk. That doesn’t make him a bad player.

  39. This is an excellent bargain signing for the Steelers. Great offseason so far and drive for 7 is beginning

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