The Pittsburgh Steelers put franchise tag on Bud Dupree last off-season and may not be able to do so this time around. Dupree was spectacular in the steel city, but his days as a steeler may be coming to an end.
Dupree suffered an ACL tear towards the end of the year after a fantastic season and insists he will be ready for training camp. He was a big part of the Steelers’ success, and General Manager Kevin Colbert doesn’t know if they’ll have room to bring Dupree back.
“We’re never going to eliminate a great player like Bud Dupree because we don’t know what Bud’s market is, and Bud currently doesn’t know what his market is,” said Colbert, according to SI.com’s Noah Strackbein.
Dupree had eight sacks in eleven games before injuring himself, and he had a career high of 11.5 in 2019. Despite the injury, the market should flourish for Dupree as he will be one of the top pass rushers out there if the Steelers can’t find a way to bring him back.
The Steelers would love to have him back, but with questions about Ben Roethlisberger and freelance agents JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner, they have much to find out.
JJ Watt is a free agent and the Denver Broncos are considering allowing Von Miller as a free agent as well, which could detract a little from Dupree’s market value. The injury could also be a big problem for teams looking at him.
With the free agency just around the corner and the questions left in Pittsburgh, Dupree could be the weird man.