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Pittsburgh Steelers set to release safety Morgan Burnett

Morgan Burnett, Steelers

Morgan Burnett wanted out of Pittsburgh, and the Steelers are granting his request. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Steelers have informed Burnett that they will release him by April 1.

Pittsburgh had originally planned to release the safety by this past Wednesday, but due to accounting issues, it will be at least another week before Burnett is in the clear.

The 30-year-old is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played 11 games, finishing with 30 tackles and six passes defended.

Burnett, who played is collegiate football at Georgia Tech, was originally selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (71st pick overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

He played in just four games due to injury during his rookie campaign, registering 14 tackles and an interception. The following year, Burnett appeared in all 16 contests, racking up 109 tackles, a sack, three picks, two forced fumbles, a couple of fumble recoveries, and 11 passes defended.

The East Point, Ga. native then went on to tally 122 tackles, a pair of sacks, two interceptions, a couple of forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in 2012.

Burnett’s best season, however, came in 2014, when he totaled 143 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a pick, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and four passes defended.

He went on to spend the first eight years of his career with the Packers before signing a three-year deal with the Steelers last March.

Pittsburgh went 9-6-1 in 2018 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013 in spite of getting off to a 7-2-1 start. Locker room issues ended up dooming the Steelers late in the season.