The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced today that they have released safety Morgan Burnett, who had asked to be released not long ago.
After signing a three-year deal with Pittsburgh last season, Burnett reportedly asked to be released in January, and while the Steelers tried to trade the safety at first, it seems as if things worked out well enough for Burnett, and he’ll now be free to sign with any team in the league.
We have released S Morgan Burnett.@BordasLaw TRANSACTION: https://t.co/nM99XiozS0 pic.twitter.com/TIsYb3blCq
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 1, 2019
While the Steelers did have hopes for Burnett last season, a hamstring injury during training camp derailed any chance of him getting off to a good start, and he was then forced to miss more than a month due to a groin injury.
Thanks to the lack of playing time and direction of the Steelers, Burnett lost his starting job to rookie Terrell Edmunds, and the team seems to be ready to move on from him fully.
Originally drafted in the third round (71st overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, Burnett played eight of his first nine years in Green Bay, where he was mainly used in a variety of roles, including safety, cornerback, and a hybrid linebacker/safety position towards the end of his time there.
After not being offered a contract last season, Burnett took his talents to Pittsburgh, and during his lone season with the Steelers, he tallied 30 tackles in just 11 appearances with the team, and will no doubt be looking to make a bigger impact wherever he ends up next.