The Pittsburgh Steelers only officially released Morgan Burnett on Monday, but it would appear that he has already found a new home. Reportedly agreeing to a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns on Friday, Pittsburgh fans will still get to see plenty of the former Green Bay Packer in 2019 after he opted to remain in the AFC North.
This is going to be a 2-year deal. Fills a need with a solid veteran https://t.co/YlDMx8BdAe— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 5, 2019
Signed by the Steelers to a three-year contract worth $14.35 million during free agency last year, Burnett’s debut season in the Steel City was rather disappointing. Limited by injuries once again, just as he had been throughout much of his career with the Packers, the safety would see action in only 11 games in 2018, recording a mere 30 tackles.
Burnett made no secret of his desire to leave Pittsburgh this offseason, unhappy with the role he had been asked to play on defense and his lack of playing time when healthy behind first-round draft pick Terrell Edmunds. Attempts to trade him were clearly met with little interest and the Steelers finally granted him his release earlier in the week.
He will compete with the Browns newly acquired safety Eric Murray for the role vacated by Jabrill Peppers who was traded to the New York Giants as part of the deal for Odell Beckham Jr.