Report: Steelers expected to decline Artie Burns’ 2020 option

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The Steelers have a call to make on cornerback Artie Burns‘ contract option for the 2020 season and it looks like they’re going to let him head into the 2019 season without any ties to next year.

Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports that the team is expected to pass on exercising the fifth-year option on Burns’ contract.

It’s not a great surprise that the Steelers are moving in that direction. Burns lost his starting job last season and the team would be on the hook for a contract worth just under $10 million if they exercised the option.

Burns remains on the roster and could play his way into a new deal with Pittsburgh over the coming months, but the arrival of third-round pick Justin Layne puts another player in his way when it comes to earning playing time in 2019.

15 responses to “Report: Steelers expected to decline Artie Burns’ 2020 option

  1. He sucks and after this year he prolly get one more season somewhere else and than career over

  2. There is a recurrent theme today, throughout the league, no one wants to pick up these option years on former first rounders. Regardless of position, the price tags are around ten million for the next year. For the most part, these players haven’t lived up to their first round status, thus, the salary structure is way off the performance . There has to be a better system to replace this current wage structure!

  3. He may not even make the team for the 2019 season, let alone thinking ahead to 2020. He looked pretty promising in 2017, but then took a nose dive last season.

  4. On the bright side, it’s a contract year so if he can play at all he better show it this year. If not, he’ll be lucky to get a contract for anything other than the veteran minimum. I hope he saved some of his money.

  5. He has been god awful terrible on the field since drafted. Off the field he has been a man and taken care of his siblings and has not been an embarrassment for the Steelers (which is more than anyone can say for AB). I wish him the best, but unless he has a miracle season, someone else will probably give him a chance. Steelers win the North in 2019, PRINT IT!!

  6. The guy showed a lot of potential as rookie, but has regressed every year since. How is it possible to get worse at your craft? He has the physical tools…but something is not right between the ears. He may get cut in camp

  7. If you don’t like Artie Burns, you’re going to hate Steven Nelson.

  8. For the most part, these players haven’t lived up to their first round status, thus, the salary structure is way off the performance . There has to be a better system to replace this current wage structure!
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    There is a perfectly fine system. The team that feels the player has underperformed can decline the 5th year option and then after the season negotiate a deal that they think is fair. Of course the player can then negotiate with any team but if he really was an underperformer he is probably not going to get many offers from other teams.

  9. Another first round defensive draft bust. Welcome to Pittsburgh, Devin Bush.

  10. This guy looked decent his rookie year, he made some mistakes sure, but overall he looked to have upside. Since, he has regressed tremendously. This has me questioning the Steelers coaching staff. Are they THAT bad at drafting DBs or are they terrible at coaching DBs? It’s a very bad look for a HC who came up coaching DBs!!!

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