Steelers’ Morgan Burnett wants Pittsburgh to release him from his contract
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Morgan Burnett wants out of the Steel City. The nine-year vet reportedly has been unhappy with the organization, due to it playing him out his desired role this past season, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Spoke with #Steelers S Morgan Burnett, who tells me he wants to be released from his deal before free agency. During his time in Pittsburgh, he felt he played out of position as a dime LB. Burnett, with 2 yrs left on his contract, wants a new start & a chance to play safety again
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 19, 2019
Burnett, 30, played for the Green Bay Packers prior to joining the Steelers. He has recorded nine interceptions, 7.5 sacks, and 528 solo tackles in his career.
Burnett has two years remaining on a three-year, $14.4 million deal signed with Pittsburgh in 2018. If the Steelers grant Burnett his release, they will take a cap hit of around $2.83 million in 2019.
It’s clear that Burnett is looking for a fresh start to revamp his career. Whether head coach Mike Tomlin is willing to move him or not is yet to be determined.
Tomlin has stated that “change” is coming to the organization. The team recently let go of four-year linebackers coach Joey Porter, as what looks to be the beginning of moves yet to come.
Pittsburgh has been dealt with some bad luck over the past couple of seasons. Between losing one of its best defensive athletes in linebacker Ryan Shazier to a gruesome injury last year, and then a primary offensive weapon in LeVeon Bell failing to show up for the season — it’s safe to say the Steelers have had a rough go of things as of late and need some changes.
Now with all of the Antonio Brown trade hubbub suffocating the Steelers, the last thing this franchise needs are more underlying issues with its current assets.
Brown has the San Francisco 49ers as one of his top preferences.