The Steelers must do whatever it takes to resign Bud Dupree, but not for the reasons you might think
To say that the Steelers must resign Bud Dupree would be both an understatement and an obvious statement. The reasons why we must resign Dupree are both obvious and obscured. It is the latter reasons that we will discuss in detail, but we will also layout the obvious reasons in order to gain an understanding of the obscured reasons.
So let me start by saying this: The fact that Dupree had his best statistical season in his contract year does not bode well for the Steelers ability to resign him, but, as I stated, we must do whatever we have to do to resign him. Now, I am not suggesting that we ‘break the bank’ with a contract offer, but I think we need to make him a realistic offer.
Unfortunately, Dupree did not enjoy his ‘breakout’ season in 2018 when the Steelers could have extended him at perhaps a less expensive salary and thus a less expensive cap hit than the ones we may be facing if the Steelers do ultimately resign him, but, such is life in the NFL.
What exacerbates things for us is that the Steelers really do not have any cap space to speak of. According to overthecap.com, we have $1,430,975 in available cap space. That is just terrible. We find ourselves, again, in a position where we will have to either restructure contracts to free up cap space, which merely ‘kicks the can’ of cap liability down the road into future years or release players outright.
Let’s take a look at some of the obvious reasons the Steelers need to resign Dupree.