Former Steelers first-round pick Artie Burns ready to find new team

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The top draft pick of the Steelers in 2016 is eager to find a new opportunity after four seasons in Pittsburgh.

According to Jacob Klinger of, cornerback Artie Burns is ready to find a new place to play beginning in 2020.

“I gotta get to another team and do what I got to do,” Burns said. “For sure-for sure.”

The idea to part ways is seemingly mutual at this point. Burns had barely played for the Steelers this season outside of special teams. He had been a healthy scratch in each of Pittsburgh’s final four games this season and had appeared on just 66 of the team’s 1,016 defensive snaps this season, per Pro Football Reference. The majority of those snaps, 62, came in his lone start against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Burns said he was grateful of the opportunity the Steelers had given him but it’s time for both sides to move on.

“I’m pretty much out the door for a little while now, right?” he said. “Exactly, so, what else more is there to say.”

Burns was the 25th overall pick of the 2016 draft. He’s appeared in 58 games with 32 starts, recording 149 tackles with four interceptions, 27 passes defended and a forced fumble.

14 responses to “Former Steelers first-round pick Artie Burns ready to find new team

  1. Weird. If the kid can play, and isn’t a head case, did the Steelers just make that big a mistake. Or, is he another AB. No, no one is another AB.

  2. Hard life story..sorry it didn’t work for Pittsburgh or him..lost his confidence..never got it back..hope he does..rooted for the man, but..people chastised the Steelers for trading a number one for Minkah Fitzpatrick…and is heading to the Pro Bowl in second season. You never know how first rounders are gonna end up. Artie just played flat out miserable after first year. Wish him best of luck, but he’ll sign for the minimum and won’t make a team..

  3. Time to move on? Why, because he sucks and has pretty much been completely phased out? If he’s disgruntled imagine how the Steelers feel in return.

  4. Should have showed a little more contrition Artie. Its not the team’s fault you played so badly. You made millions for performing like a scrub.

  5. Im sure the Steelers won’t waste their No 1 pick this year. Oh wait.

  6. This 1st round bust couldn’t cover Tom Brady, if he went out for a pass. I’ll never forget when Tomlin had to stick him in vs the Pats & he followed TWO of his teammates covering Josh Gordon & Hogan went 63 yds on the easiest crossing pattern TD in NFL history. The camera went directly on him after the play. 4.4 speed and a 4.4 IQ. Good riddance.

  7. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 1, 2020 at 9:04 am
    Im sure the Steelers won’t waste their No 1 pick this year. Oh wait-

    They used the pick to trade for a guy that made it to the Pro Bowl this season and will still be under a rookie contract for a few more years. Talk about waste, how are your Browns doing?

  8. I didn’t know the Tebow guy was a Brown’s fan. No wonder he hates my Steeler’s. Not counting this year the last 6 Brown’s head coaches were fired after a loss to the Steeler’s.

  9. Burns was the worst Steelers draft pick of all time. Please someone else in the AFC North take him. Please.

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