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Bud Dupree listed as top-15 free agent this offseason, due for “massive payday”

Considered one of the top available pass-rushers in the NFL this offseason, former Kentucky football star Bud Dupree is going to have plenty of options to choose from when he officially hits free agency starting March 17.

And yes, Dupree is going to be a very, very rich individual because of it.

Coming off a season where he recorded eight total sacks and 15 quarterback hits in 11 games, NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal has listed Dupree as one of the top 20 free agents this offseason. More specifically, the prominent outlet listed the former Wildcat as the No. 2 available edge rusher in the entire league.

“A late-season torn ACL hurts Dupree’s value, but he’s versatile and strong enough to make a three-year contract worth it,” Rosenthal said of Dupree, who came in at No. 12 overall.

Check out the first 20 names on Rosenthal’s list of top 101 free agents of 2021:

  1. Dak Prescott (QB)
  2. Trent Williams (OT)
  3. Allen Robinson (WR)
  4. Leonard Williams (DE)
  5. Justin Simmons (S)
  6. Chris Godwin (WR)
  7. J.J. Watt (DE)
  8. Shaquil Barrett (Edge)
  9. Aaron Jones (RB)
  10. Taylor Moton (OT)
  11. Brandon Scherff (OG)
  12. Bud Dupree (Edge)
  13. Trey Hendrickson (Edge)
  14. Carl Lawson (Edge)
  15. Kenny Golladay (WR)
  16. Jadeveon Clowney (Edge)
  17. Joe Thuney (OG)
  18. Matt Judon (Edge)
  19. Corey Linsley (C)
  20. Yannick Ngakoue (Edge)

Dupree, who played under a $15.8 million franchise tag in 2020, tore his ACL in Pittsburgh’s Week 12 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. Leading up to the injury, though, the 28-year-old pass-rusher proved to be worth a hefty contract going into the 2021 offseason.

Back in February, Steelers general manager Kelvin Colbert told reporters that if the team can afford to bring the former Wildcat back, they plan to do so, but the market will dictate that when free agency opens in the coming weeks.

“We’re never going to eliminate a great player like Bud Dupree, because we don’t know what Bud’s market is, and Bud doesn’t know what his market is at this point,” Colbert said. “I think that’s pretty common for not only our free agents but the whole free agency group until we get a solid cap number.”

Unfortunately for the Steelers, the standout edge rusher isn’t expected to take a discount to remain in Pittsburgh. Just this afternoon, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan that Dupree is in line for a “massive payday” on a multi-year contract.

Prior to Dupree’s injury in 2020, the former Wildcat recorded his first double-digit sack season in 2019, finishing with a career high 11.5 sacks and four forced fumbled to go with 68 combined tackles, 49 solo, 17 quarterback hits, and three pass deflections.

The Steelers selected Dupree with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft after a dominant four-year career in Lexington. As a senior at Kentucky, the former Wildcat managed 74 total tackles, 12.5 tackles-for-loss, and eight sacks in 12 starts.

Get your money, Bud.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

5 Comments for Bud Dupree listed as top-15 free agent this offseason, due for “massive payday”



  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:33 am March 2, 2021 Permalink

    I want to see what would happen if he once again lined up opposite Big Z.



  2. BigBogee
    8:52 am March 2, 2021 Permalink

    With the lower cap, the only team that could give him a “massive” pay increase would be the Bengals. If he wants to go to a “contender” he will be looking at the same as he made last year. It’s just simple economics.



  3. Wildfelinebeeline
    12:12 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    It’s interesting that KSR is now showing Bud some love when he might be leaving the Steelers. But ALL year long when he was crushing dudes for the Steelers, he was a side note for KSR taking a backseat to the Titans and Bungals! I hope he stays with the Steelers and crushes (insert your team here) all those scrub teams KSR is so quickly to represent because of them being “local!



    • BLUEVADER
      3:39 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      Would Love to See him in Cincy on opposite side of Lawson. That would help out their Pass Rush bigtime! Plus for him to Sign with Cincy leaving the Steelers. He has to SEE BURROW and that offense is going to put up numbers and he will be playing with his ears pinned back a lot. Bengals are going to be good. Burrow and Bengaks will be able to put up 30-40 a game a lot. That offense is going to be fire get that D built and they will be onto of division soon.



  4. ukwildcat1991
    6:58 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    20 mil cap hit fir each team. He might join the titans. No team needs a pass rusher more than them