How can the Steelers keep asset Bud Dupree?

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PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 30: Anthony Chickillo #56 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a sack in the first quarter during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

The Other Move that could happen if they sign Bud Dupree

The Black & Gold would be set at outside linebacker if they were able to sign Bud Dupree. They would have two studs in TJ Watt and Bud Dupree along with a viable backup in his third-year in Ola Adeniyi. The Steelers could also have Tuzar Skipper as a fourth outside linebacker going into camp.

The luxury of keeping Dupree would be they would be able to cut Anthony Chickillo. Anthony Chickillo is an adequate backup but the Steelers could get that help from Ola Adeniyi and Tuzar Skipper.

The way the Black & Gold would lose by cutting Chickillo is his special teams’ contribution. But the Steelers have added some big-bodied special teamers in 2018 like Ulysees Gilbert III and Robert Spillane. They also will gain a roster spot in the linebacking core to keep Tyler Matakevich who will be a free agent.

The best part is that Chickillo has a high base salary and not a lot of guaranteed money in 2020. The Steelers could get a cap savings of five million dollars by cutting Chickillo according to over the cap.

Between Decastro’s seven million dollars and Chickillo’s five million in cap savings, that could give the Steelers 12 million to sign Dupree. That makes this possible.

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