With just a little over a month to go until the trade deadline, it’s time to start cooking up some trade scenarios! This week the prospect of Bud Dupree has received some attention from the Steelers and some national media.
Though his career has been rather plagued with injuries throughout, he has overall had more underwhelming performances than desired results.
While he has been trending in the right direction, it only gave the Steelers enough confidence to exercise his fifth-year option instead of offering a lucrative, long term deal. He is playing in his final contract year on a value of $9.2 Million.
His best season, in reality, was in 2016. After missing most of the season due to a pectoral injury, he was activated in week 11. In 7 games he recorded 4.5 sacks and continued to apply pressure in the 2016 playoffs (laying hits on Matt Moore and forcing a turnover in the Kansas City game.)
Since then, he has not recorded more than 6 sacks in a season while having hot and cold performances in the run game. This year, despite only recording one sack, his run defense has improved, and he is applying slightly better pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
It’s not a given that the Steelers would want to deal him if they are confident enough in Ola and company, they may be willing to part with him. The move could benefit Dupree as he’d be in a new opportunity and possibly a better scheme fit with the right defense. Plus, the Steelers would open up some cap space that would roll over into next year.
With the October 29th deadline quickly approaching and Kevin Colbert making some deals, let’s take a look at 3 teams who might have some interest in acquiring his services for cheap.