The Pittsburgh Steelers got one of three years out of their deal with former Green Bay Packers safety, Morgan Burnett. Today, he says he’d like to be released.
In the midst of all the headlines, twitter arguments and headlines, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ wild fire was light a little more. Safety, Morgan Burnet, told Ian Rapoport that he wants to be released after one season with the Steelers.
Burnett felt that during his single season with the team he played out of position. He told Rapoport that he played more dime linebacker in 2018 and wants to go somewhere where he can focus on his more traditional role.
Burnett only played in 11 games last season, starting two and splitting time with Terrell Edmunds, totaling 30 tackles and six pass deflections. The rookie appeared more reliable than Burnett for most of the season, but having the veteran presence was necessary to help the first-round pick.
Some speculations appeared as of late that Burnett could be replaced this offseason if the Steelers were really trying to make change. There could be interesting names on the market that Pittsburgh will consider to play with Edmunds.
Add safety to the list of offseason needs for the Steelers. This team is looking to make changes, and they’ll focus on defense to start. How confident they feel about Edmunds will determine how seriously they pursue safety in the draft and free agency.
Burnett says he’d like to be released before free agency begins. Therefore, the team has until March 11 to release Burnett so he can hit the market as an unrestricted free agent.
Of all the change coming to this team, losing Burnett is nothing serious. It’s another headline the Steelers will need to deal with as they try to stay the path in re-sculpting their team for next season.