The Steelers want to pay Dupree as a linebacker rather than as a defensive end. The franchise tag for linebackers is $15.828 million, and it’s $17.788 million for defensive ends.
Shaq Barrett has done the same with the Buccaneers, agreeing to sign the tender while filing a grievance over his position.
The Ravens and Matt Judon were in the same situation before agreeing to a compromise that will pay him $16.8 million this year.
Dupree and the Steelers have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal but are not close, per Rapoport.
Dupree is coming off a career-best 11.5 sacks last year.