Steelers use franchise tag on Bud Dupree

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Add linebacker Bud Dupree to the list of players with franchise tags.

The Steelers announced that they applied the tag to Dupree on Monday morning. There’s a noon deadline for teams to use franchise or transition tags.

Dupree was a 2015 first-round pick in Pittsburgh and set career highs with 68 tackles, 11.5 sacks and four forced fumbles during the 2019 season. That led head coach Mike Tomlin and others in the organization to call keeping Dupree on hand a priority.

Using the tag should ensure that he remains on hand for at least one more year. The two sides have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal and Dupree would be set to make a salary in the neighborhood of $16 million if he plays out the year under the tag.

9 responses to “Steelers use franchise tag on Bud Dupree

  1. Once the new CBA was approved, it opened the door for the Steelers…and other teams…to do business as usual. Hopefully a new longer deal can get worked out with Dupree. Probably the best thing to happen with Dupree was the Steelers firing Joey Porter as OLB coach.

  2. A year ago it would have been easy to let him walk, but he had a great contract year. A long-term deal still seems risky.

  3. this guy is terrible!

    It’s good to know that when this idiot makes a statement the exact opposite is true. His predictions are as valid as his knowledge of football ….not very good.

    Depends on what type of tag they place on Bud but I doubt he is worth two number ones let alone even one.

  4. tylawspick6 says:
    March 16, 2020 at 9:58 am

    this guy is terrible!
    That’s weird, he had way better stats in 2019 than any Pats linebacker. So i guess that makes the pats linebackers exceptionally terrible.

  5. Getting rid of Joey Porter had the same addition by subtraction effect for the defense as getting rid of Todd Haley did for the offense.

    Go Steelers!

  6. Seems to me that bad LBs will be the LEAST of Belicheats worries, in coming seasons. It was delightful to watch BB’s post game pressers, after the rare loss. More of those coming,for sure.

  7. Highly unlikely that they will get a long-term deal done with him, since they will have to back up the Brink’s truck to extend Watt after this season. Steelers will have to use a 2nd or 3rd round pick on an OLB this year to replace Dupree in 2021. It would be nice if Ben would renegotiate his contract to give the Steelers a little cap space but I don’t see that happening.

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