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According to Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero, the Titans are making a strong push for Bud Dupree. Garafolo states that the Titans are trying to close it out, but other teams have been firmly in the mix as well.
According to Overthecap.com, the Titans have almost $16 million in cap space, and they certainly could use a pass-rusher like Dupree, as they had just 19 sacks last year, which was the third-fewest in the league.
Buccaneers pass-rusher Shaquill Barrett got paid big-time today with a four-year, $72 million deal that includes $36 million fully guaranteed. The Lions also re-signed pass-rusher Romeo Okwara to a three-year deal worth $39 million after a career year with 10 sacks and Matthew Judon received a four-year, $56 million deal with the Patriots. Judon will earn $32 million over the first two years. Leonard Floyd re-signed with the Rams on a four-year, $64 million deal as well.
Pass rushers are getting paid handsomely and Dupree should be next.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network says Dupree is in a great place and there are no issues with his rehabbing knee. Dupree suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the fourth quarter of the Steelers Week 12 game against the Ravens last year.
"Bud Dupree's market seems especially strong," Rapoport said. "And again, there's a lot of really good pass rushers from Romeo Okwara to Carl Lawson and Leonard Floyd, we've talked about several of them. But, Bud Dupree, coming off an ACL (tear), it sounds like his rehab is going really well. I've talked to teams (who) are not concerned about it at all. This could be a guy that ends up near or at the top of the pass rush market. (He) can do a lot of things, but most important get to the quarterback. Even though his health is something that in any other year you would say is up in the air, this is a guy that is really going to get paid over the next couple of days."
Dupree has recorded 19.5 sacks in his last 27 games and would have had double-digit sacks for the second consecutive year if he didn't sustain an ACL injury in early December against Baltimore. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Dupree expects to be ready by training camp.
Update: The Titans are signing Bud Dupree to a 5-year, $85 million deal with $35 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network. Dupree will make $16.5 million per season.
The Steelers host the Titans in 2021.