Last Monday, news quietly broke that the Steelers had decided to exercise the 5th-year option of Bud Dupree’s contract, great news for the former Kentucky star.
The exercised option will give Dupree an eight million dollar raise as he is set to make $9,232,000 for the 2019 season. It’s also another year of fully guaranteed money.
Kevin Colbert, the Steelers longtime General Manager, expressed confidence in Dupree saying, “We’re excited about where Bud can be in these next two years and we had no hesitation in making that move when we did it.”
Colbert proved his confidence in Dupree this weekend by using the team’s draft picks to improve the secondary (Terrell Edmunds), add more weapons for Big Ben (James Washington, Jaylen Samuels), and maybe even find the heir replacement for Roethlisberger in Mason Rudolph.
Dupree seems to be excited and motivated by the Steelers recent decisions, “It’s good news,” said Dupree in a release by the team. “I get another two years with my teammates, which will be fun. It’s two more chances to win the Super Bowl. It’s a great time.”
One of the draft’s best moments was provided by the Steelers as Ryan Shazier walked to the podium under his own power to announce the team’s first round selection.
Shazier suffered a spinal injury in a scary play back in December, leaving many to think he would never be able to walk again. Check out the inspirational moment below.