As the NFL off-season rolls on the Pittsburgh Steelers have a decision to make regarding former 1st-round pick and Kentucky star Bud Dupree.
The Steelers have until May 3rd to pick up the fifth year option on Dupree’s rookie contract, an option that would guarantee around $10 million for Dupree in case of injury.
If the Steelers do decide to pick up the option it would make Dupree the seventh highest paid player on the roster.
Dupree certainly has the talent to deserve that type of money but his production thus far does not make it a simple decision.
In 38 games played Dupree has 67 tackles, 14.5 sacks, and 3 pass deflections. Injuries have stalled Dupree’s progression but when he is healthy the Georgia native has been a productive player.
The General Manager of the Steelers, Kevin Colbert, was asked about the decision at the annual league meetings in Orlando and said that they haven’t decided what to do yet but that Dupree “hasn’t scratched the surface yet of his potential”.
If the Steelers do pick up the option it is a good indicator that they would be interested in working out a long term extension with Dupree.
The draft might tip the Steelers hand, if they don’t draft an outside pass rusher it’s likely they pick up the option.
No matter the result of the option it seems like everything is aligning for Dupree to have a breakout year in his 4th season.
The BBN is behind you, Bud.