Steelers releasing safety Morgan Burnett

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Safeties have been getting paid this offseason, and one of the ones who signed a big contract last season is going to have another chance.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Steelers have informed safety Morgan Burnett that they’ll release him by the end of the month.

Burnett apparently asked for his release, according to his agent.

Last offseason, the Steelers gave Burnett a three-year, $14.35 million deal, with $4.25 million guaranteed.

Burnett played a dime linebacker role for the Steelers last year, and wasn’t thrilled about it, asking for his release in January. He also missed five games because of injury.

 

15 responses to “Steelers releasing safety Morgan Burnett

  1. magnusthe1st says:
    March 22, 2019 at 9:58 am
    Seems risky on Burnett’s part with the boatload of other mid-grade safeties that are out there. He’s already got a contract. Why ruin it?

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    Because they have him playing LB and it could end his career.

  2. Steelers have been giving terrible contracts for some time now. Mostly to mediocre players. We have 21 million tied up in LB’s that are not that good. Bud Dupree

  3. Lawrence Jahn says:
    March 22, 2019 at 10:21 am
    And after losing AB and Bell, they have no offense anymore.
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    True, just two pro bowlers in ju ju and james conner. That’s all.

  4. myspaceyourface says:
    March 22, 2019 at 10:21 am
    Steelers have been giving terrible contracts for some time now. Mostly to mediocre players. We have 21 million tied up in LB’s that are not that good. Bud Dupree
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    Chickillo is getting cut after this year and Bud’s contract will run out. You still have VW, but he’s shown with someone very good next to him, he’s more than passable as a 2 down LB.

    Not to get someone very good next to him again…

  5. Well if you don’t like where you are or how you’re being used, you only have three choices. You can stay where you are and keep your mouth shut until your contract runs out. You can run your mouth and be a malcontent threatening to hold out or refusing to come to camp, Or last you can get out of Dodge. Well I don’t agree with this decision, veteran safety with this many miles on them might not be in his big demand as he thinks, This option is way better than number two that his teammate AB took. So good luck Morgan. I enjoyed watching you play for Green Bay against my Vikings. We’ll see where you wind up next.

  6. myspaceyourface says:
    March 22, 2019 at 10:21 am
    Steelers have been giving terrible contracts for some time now. Mostly to mediocre players. We have 21 million tied up in LB’s that are not that good. Bud Dupree

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    Not sure how the “terrible contract” argument applies to Dupree – he has the same standard 1st rnd rookie contract he’s always had.

    If you’re mad about the 5th-year option, curious who you think they could’ve signed for same or cheaper that also would’ve been a 0 risk option (with Dupree, they at least know what they’re getting). Didn’t pan out as a 1st-round caliber player, but he’s also not a liability and is at least consistent/serviceable. Draft someone else this year, let Dupree for one more year, and then let him walk or resign for way less.

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