Dupree has signed with the Tennessee Titans, a team which prides itself on acquiring edge-rushers, no matter the price. According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, it’s a multi-year deal for Dupree who will make $16.5 million per year. Yes, you read that right.
The former Steeler was dominant these past two seasons, but suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Week 12 of the 2020 season. A free agent coming off a season in which he suffered a season-ending injury generally spells trouble come contract time.
The Titans are clearly confident Dupree can return to tip-top shape ahead of the 2021 season, though. The former Pittsburgh defensive end is heading to Tennessee this off-season.
It’s $16.5M a year for Bud Dupree on a multi-year deal. https://t.co/vhpkZCf6nL
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2021
As much as the Steelers would’ve liked to keep Bud Dupree in Pittsburgh, it was never a realistic option. The Steelers are facing some cap space troubles this off-season, and signing Dupree to a massive deal was never in the cards.
Pittsburgh franchise tagged Dupree ahead of the 2020-21 season, which served as a tryout year for the defensive end. He was a star, but then suffered the season-ending injury previously mentioned. It certainly threw a wrench in his plans.
Tennessee clearly isn’t concerned about Dupree’s road to recovery. If he returns to peak form, the Titans now have one of the best edge-rushers in the NFL, which is almost always worth the money.
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