In the wake of Buccaneers linebacker Shaq Barrett filling a grievance with the NFL to be listed as a defensive end rather than an outside linebacker, Steelers left outside linebacker, Bud Dupree has filed a similar grievance.
Ian Rapoport tweeted the Steelers defensive standout filed the grievance in hopes of making more money. Defensive Ends make $2 million more than outside linebackers ($17,788,000 to be exact) on the franchise tender in 2020, and Dupree is hopeful to cash out.
#Steelers pass-rusher Bud Dupree has filed a grievance with hopes that he’ll be paid as a defensive end rather than a LB, I’m told. Similar to Shaq Barrett. While there is still some time to work something out, the sides are not close on a deal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 10, 2020
The second part of the tweet might be the most noteworthy as RapSheet, notes that the Steelers and Bud aren't close on a contract extension. The two sides have until July 15 to work out a deal.
Dupree had signed his franchise tender days before the NFL draft worth a total of $15,828,000. His breakout 2020 season saw Dupree hit career highs in sacks (11.5) tackles (68) and forced fumbles (4).
The organization drafted Alex Highsmith in the 3rd round of the 2020 draft, and it seems more and more likely Highsmith could take over the job in 2021.
Over six months ago in early January, we posed this exact question here at Behind The Steel Curtain. It seems many did not feel Dupree had a case to be considered as a defense of end. On the other hand, there were plenty of those who saw this coming.
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