- Height / Weight
- 6'4" / 269 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- February 12, 1993 (26)
- 5th Season
- 2015 / Rd. 1 / Pk. 22 (PIT)
The Pittsburgh Steelers have exercised their fifth-year option on linebacker Bud Dupree, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Dupree has been productive in his first three years with the Steelers, registering 14.5 sacks in 38 games. The 2015 first-round pick has struggled with injuries over his career, missing nine games in 2016 with a groin injury and playing through a shoulder issue in 2017, which was why there was some chance Pittsburgh might wait to exercise the option. Dupree is expected to serve as the Steelers starting left outside linebacker in 2018, opposite second-year player T.J. Watt.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree has been a disappointment and Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said the team is still deciding whether to exercise Dupree's fifth-year option for 2019. The option would be worth more than $9 million, a hefty price for a player who has mostly underachieved since arriving as a first-round pick in 2015. Dupree did set a career-high with six sacks last season, but accomplished it while earning PFF's third-worst grade among 3-4 outside linebackers. The deadline to pick up his option is May 3.
Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer Mark Kaboly is reporting that LB Bud Dupree (core) underwent "successful" surgery to repair his core muscle injury on Thursday. Dupree will start the 2016 season on the injured reserve list. The linebacker's surgery was expected, but not mandatory according to reports. Due to the IR designation, Dupree would not be eligible to return to the team until Week 9, however, the surgery is presumed to be a season ender by Steelers' brass.