Steelers will “do our best to figure out how” to keep Bud Dupree

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Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree picked a good time to set career highs in sacks and quarterback hits.

Dupree is set for unrestricted free agency in March and his 11.5 sacks will likely look appealing to teams looking to improve their pass rush off the edge in 2020. That will require Dupree hitting the market and Steelers owner Art Rooney II intimated that’s not a sure thing when discussing the impending free agent this week.

“We’d like to have Bud back, no question about it,” Rooney said, via PennLive.com. “And we’ll do our best to figure out how to make it happen. But we’d like to have him back and I’ll stay optimistic that we’ll be able to figure out how to make it happen.”

Rooney said the franchise tag is a possibility, although the team will have to remove or rework some other salaries in order to make the space for Dupree and create space for other moves. Rooney said it is “always a challenge” to deal with such issues and we’ll see in the coming weeks how the Steelers will manage it this offseason.

14 responses to “Steelers will “do our best to figure out how” to keep Bud Dupree

  1. I wouldn’t sign the guy: he waited til his contract yr to show anything & he is lousy on screens & vs the run. They have a solid D w/o him. Steelers need to apply cash to a below-average offense.

  2. He can’t contain the edge to save his life.
    Only showed up when $$$$ was on the line.
    Sign him for a reasonable contract great, but don’t break the bank.

  3. grant35 says:
    January 16, 2020 at 8:35 am
    I wouldn’t sign the guy: he waited til his contract yr to show anything & he is lousy on screens & vs the run. They have a solid D w/o him. Steelers need to apply cash to a below-average offense.
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    He is among the top LBs in the league against the run. If his weakness is anywhere, he’s still just slightly above mediocre rushing the passer.

  4. Agree don’t break the bank but he was living in backfields all season and that shouldn’t be ignored.

  5. My Steelers doing their best to keep this mediocre team together.
    Meanwhile the Ravens have over $40M in cap space and beat us with their backups in Week 17. Doesn’t bode well for us.

  6. sbchampsagain says:
    January 16, 2020 at 10:28 am
    My Steelers doing their best to keep this mediocre team together.
    Meanwhile the Ravens have over $40M in cap space and beat us with their backups in Week 17. Doesn’t bode well for us.
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    Just wait to see how much cap money the Ravens have when their QB goes from making 2-3 million per year to making 30+ million per year. and then toss in Marquis Brown’s contract a year later…..

  7. “Please do!!

    – AFC Fans

    lmao”
    ____________________

    Exactly what AFC fans are saying about Brady.

  8. Dud Dupree has been just that until he realized he would be wearing the bust label like so many Steelers’ draft picks. Look at Artie Burns and Jarvis Jones. Steelers simply can’t draft defense. That’s why they mortgaged everything for Fitzpatrick. And what did that get them? Not even a winning record.

  9. They probably shouldn’t break the bank for Dupree if memory serves his first 3 years weren’t stellar, but if he’s set on testing free agency then there’s Tuzar Skipper to fill the void, but it would be great if he stays a Steeler

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