Updated: Mar 4, 2021
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Bud Dupree's 2020 season came to an end in Week 12 against the Ravens when he suffered an ACL injury in the fourth quarter. Up until that point, Dupree had eight sacks on the year after having 11.5 sacks in 2019. Dupree has really come on as an elite pass-rusher in his last two seasons and he should get paid handsomely in a few weeks when free agency starts.
Unfortunately, given the Steelers dire salary cap situation, it's highly unlikely that Dupree will be back in the black and gold in 2021, which will break up an amazing pass-rushing duo with him and T.J. Watt.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN was on 93.7 The Fan yesterday and said Dupree is in line for a "massive payday." Dupree should get paid in the price range of $16-20 million per year. The Steelers just simply can't compete with other teams who will offer Dupree that much money.
Fowler thinks Dupree's knee will checkout and said he's already running. He also dismissed the notion that he would sign with the Steelers on a one-year discounted deal.
The Titans, Colts, and Lions have been linked as teams that possibly could be interested in Dupree in free agency.