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Report: Veteran safety Morgan Burnett to sign with Steelers

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Morgan Burnett is moving on from the Green Bay Packers. The free-agent safety, who is considered one of the best players available at his position this offseason, is set to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Former Packers teammate and NFL Network analyst James Jones initially broke the news and has since been corroborated by Ian Rapoport.

Burnett, 29, was a former third-round pick of the Packers in 2010 and spent the first eight seasons of his career in Green Bay. He had 497 total tackles, nine interceptions, and eight forced fumbles in 102 games (all starts) for the Packers.

However, Burnett hasn’t been able to stay on the field as consistently as the Packers would’ve liked in recent years. He’s missed 11 games in the last four seasons, including four last season due to hamstring and groin problems. None of his injuries have been particularly serious, though.

Burnett now joins a Steelers secondary which desperately needs an upgrade at safety, especially after the release of veteran Mike Mitchell. Pittsburgh tied for third in the league last season in terms of giving up pass plays of over 40 yards last season with 13. An experienced veteran himself, Burnett will now be in charge of communicating with and organizing the Pittsburgh defensive backfield.

Burnett is capable of playing multiple positions along the defense, from free safety, nickel corner, and even linebacker. That type of positional versatility will now be an asset to the Steelers as they look to improve upon that defense, which was exposed in their playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.