NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Titans and OLB Bud Dupree have agreed to a multi-year deal that will average $16.5 million per season. It's a bold move for a Tennessee defense in desperate need of pass-rush help. The Titans ranked last in the league in sack rate last season and 2nd-worst in pressure rate. After a slow start to his career, Dupree picked up his sack production over the past 2 seasons. He tallied 11.5 in a breakout 2019 campaign and then had 8 through 11 games before tearing his right ACL on Dec. 2 against Baltimore. That injury makes this contract particularly bold. We'll keep track of Dupree's progress this offseason. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, appears ready to let 2020 rookie Alex Highsmith try to take over Dupree's starting gig -- which Highsmith did for last year's final 5 games.
Titans LB Bud Dupree is inactive for today's game against the Jaguars. DL Denico Autry is active after arriving questionable.
Titans OLB Bud Dupree (knee) is active for today's game against the Colts. He entered questionable and still doesn't seem 100% back from last year's ACL tear. We'd try not to use him in IDP lineups. But he's available if you're in need.
Titans OLB Bud Dupree is questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts because of knee trouble. He played through a questionable tag last week for 72% of the snaps. This week, however, found him missing practice both Wednesday and Friday. Dupree put in 2 limited workouts before playing Week 2. We'll update his status Sunday morning, but Dupree -- coming off a late 2020 ACL tear -- shouldn't be anywhere near your IDP lineups.
Steelers OLB Bud Dupree tore his right ACL late in Wednesday's win over the Ravens. Dupree is currently tied for 7th in the league with 8 sacks and was on pace to match his career high of 11.5 from last season. It's particularly unfortunate timing for Dupree, who is due to hit unrestricted free agency in March. Rookie Alex Highsmith figures to take over most of Dupree's snaps. The 3rd-round pick has 1 sack and 3 tackles for loss in limited playing time this season. He had already seen increased playing time over the 4 games leading up to Wednesday vs. Baltimore.
The Steelers are using the franchise tag to keep OLB Bud Dupree off the open market. The former 1st-round pick jumped to 11.5 sacks in his 5th season after topping out at 6 sacks among his previous 4 campaigns. Dupree's 17 QB hits in 2019 mark a steadier climb, compared with 6, 7, 7 and 13 over the previous 4 years.
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