Report: Steelers inform Bud Dupree they are not tagging him again

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No one expected the Steelers to use the franchise tag on Bud Dupree, and they won’t.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Steelers informed their star linebacker they will not franchise him a second consecutive year. That means Dupree is headed to free agency next week.

General Manager Kevin Colbert said recently he did not expect to franchise Dupree or anyone this year.

Dupree played out the 2020 season on his $15.828 million franchise tag salary, but he tore his ACL in December.

Although Dupree said recently he expects to be ready to go for training camp, it complicates his free agent plans.

Dupree, 28, spent six seasons in Pittsburgh after the Steelers made him a first-round choice. He made 231 tackles, 39.5 sacks, 65 quarterback hits, eight forced fumbles, an interception and 11 pass breakups.

6 responses to “Report: Steelers inform Bud Dupree they are not tagging him again

  1. Disappointing albeit expected news; as Bud was the real MVP last season. Soon as he went down in the ravens game, this team came apart at the seams and nothing could get them back on track.. Steelers are only as good as the defense they put on the field. The offense has never led this team.

  2. Bud was a really good player the last two years and a very good bookend with Watt. However, Watt is the star and the defensive MVP. The Steelers drafted Highsmith last year as Bud’s replacement, and he looks to have the capabilities to move into that role in 2021. A big thank you to Bud Dupree for the last 5 years. I hope he hits is big in free agency.

  3. His first 3 years without Watt were a joke for a mid 1st rd pick. All his production splits are horrible.

  4. Steelers want it out there that teams can start recruiting Bud.

    Some team trigger happy or as my dad used to say to me…..”that money is burning a hole in your pocket”…..some anxious team will pay Bud a top of the ceiling price. The higher the price, the higher the comp pick in ’22 for the Steelers. Same for Juju. Steelers hoping for two third round picks for these guys.

  5. touchback6 says:
    March 9, 2021 at 1:11 pm
    His first 3 years without Watt were a joke for a mid 1st rd pick. All his production splits are horrible.

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    2 years. If you’re gonna trash something, at least know what you’re trashing.

  6. I hope he stays in Pitt so Burrow can make him eat his words for the next 5 years.

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