Artie Burns knows he has to “get right or get going”

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The Steelers declined their option on cornerback Artie Burns‘s contract for the 2020 season, but the end of his time in Pittsburgh could come even sooner.

The team signed Steven Nelson as a free agent and drafted Justin Layne in the third round after benching Burns during the 2018 season, so they aren’t in a position where they have to rely on the 2016 first-round pick. Burns is also due an $800,000 roster bonus when training camp opens, so the team might choose to move on before they report.

Burns said on Tuesday that he’s well aware of the position he’s in with the Steelers.

“Get right or get going,” Burns said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s that simple.”

There are two more days of minicamp this week, so Burns doesn’t have much time to get going before the team will make its decision about his roster bonus.

7 responses to “Artie Burns knows he has to “get right or get going”

  1. “bengalguy says:
    June 11, 2019 at 5:10 pm
    Another Steeler bust! Haven’t drafted a solid DB since Polamalu!!!”

    I know you’re a Bengal fan so you’re Football knowledge is limited. They drafted Keenan Lewis who was a solid DB. The jury is still out on Sean Davis. Terrell Edmunds had a good season last year for a rookie. The issue is besides Artie Burns, they have invested very little high draft capital into DBs and CBs specifically. Senquez Golson was the last CB they spent more than a 3rd one and he ended up injured and cut. Otherwise they have been drafting mid to late round DBs and have been very poor at turning any into decent players.

  2. How many draft busts are we up to now? Jarvis Jones, Dud Dupree? It never ends. Good luck taking those busts into the AFCN where you got your tails whipped last year and had to watch the playoffs from the couch.

  3. Still funny that Blake Bortles and Tim Tebow destroyed this team in the playoffs.. basement dwellers this year. 6-10

  4. He’s starting to see the writing on the wall but it’s a bit too late. He received his $5M+ signing bonus and decided to mail it in the the last three years. That attitude cost him his ~$10M option. It might also cost him his job this year.

    His play doesn’t even warrant his ~$1.7M due this year ($800k roster bonus and $957k salary). He ranked 70th out of 316CBs in the league. That means he’s at best a third CB for any team. Teams don’t pay a premium for a third corner. Burns should have thought about that the past three years. If, more like when, the Steelers cut him I’ll be surprised if he gets anywhere near what his salary would have been this year. No way will he get money approaching the $10M he threw away because of his poor play.

  5. A losing season in Pittsburgh? Maybe a bit of dehydration settling in there pp7.

    Fact. Ben has not had a losing season in his career. And it has been a long one. Active, Tom would be the other guy with that record. All-time, not sure if anyone else ever pulled that off. Montana?

    But ya PP7. 6-10. That’s how he rolls.


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