Bud Dupree got paid.
Considered one of the top pass rushers in the 2021 free agent class, the former Kentucky star officially reached a deal with the Tennessee Titans this evening, agreeing to a multi-year contract that will pay him more than $16 million per year.
Numerous reports have confirmed Dupree’s move to Tennessee, though ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler was the first to report the impressive salary numbers.
Bud Dupree confirms to ESPN that he's agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans on a deal among the highest-paid pass rushers in the class. Still working out number of years on the deal, that's not done, but will pay him more than $16M per year.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 16, 2021
Breaking out as one of the defensive stars on the Pittsburgh Steelers over the last two years, the 28-year-old outside linebacker managed a total of eight sacks and 15 quarterback hits in 11 games this past season before tearing his ACL. Despite the injury, Dupree was listed as a top-15 free agent heading into the offseason, with NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal listing the former Wildcat at No. 12 overall and No. 2 among available edge rushers.
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 that money, Bud.