Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree has left CAA Sports and will seek new representation, according to a report by The Sports Business Journal’s Liz Mullen.
Steelers LB Bud Dupree, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, has left CAA Sports.
The NFLPA's 5-day waiting rule is in effect, so he cannot sign with a new agency at this time.
— Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) February 18, 2020
Dupree is set to become an unrestricted free agent this off-season, and is coming off a career year in 2019, accounting for 11.5 sacks and 16 tackles-for-loss.
While the Steelers will likely try to sign Dupree to a long-term contract when free agency begins at 4:00 PM on March 18th, the franchise tag is still an option for the organization to keep the 27 year-old Kentucky product in Pittsburgh for another year.
The period when teams can franchise tag players begins on February 25th and ends at 4:00 PM on March 10th.
Steelers Sign another from XFL, DE/LB Dewayne Hendrix
The Steelers have signed former Pitt defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, Steelers Now has confirmed. The news of Hendrix’s signing was first reported by NFL Draft Diamonds.
Hendrix, 24, was most recently with the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL. He also spent time on the practice squad of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins last season.
In five games with St. Louis, Hendrix made four tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one quarterback hurry.
A two-year starter at Pitt after transferring from Tennessee, Hendrix finished his Panthers career with 50 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. He played in 25 games total for Pitt from 2016-18 and made 24 starts.
Hendrix missed the 2016 season with a season-ending ankle injury suffered on the first series of the game. He sat out 2015 at Pitt after playing in seven games with the Volunteers as a true freshman.
At 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, Hendrix played defensive end at Pitt, but could be more suited to be an outside linebacker in the Steelers’ 3-4 scheme. He’s essentially the same height and weight as starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree.
Steelers Re-Sign Linebacker, Long Snapper Christian Kuntz
The Steelers have re-signed long snapper and linebacker Christian Kuntz, Steelers Now has confirmed.
Kuntz, a Chartiers Valley and Duquesne alum, was with the Steelers in training camp and during the preseason in 2019 and spent the spring with the Dallas Renegades of the XFL. The news of his singing was first reported by Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.
A 6-foot-2, 237-pound linebacker, Kuntz was a three-time FCS All-American at Duquesne and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as FCS Defensive Player of the Year.
After leaving Duquesne, Kuntz added long snapping to his repertoire. Since finishing up with the Dukes in 2016, he has also spent time with the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars.
In 2019, he played in three preseason games with the Steelers recording five tackles and a sack in the finale against Carolina on Aug. 29.
Steelers Sign Two More from XFL in T Jarron Jones and S Tyree Kinnel
The Steelers signed their second and third XFL players of the offseason yesterday, inking tackle Jarron Jones and safety Tyree Kinnel to deals according to various sources.
Jones, who played at Notre Dame was taken in the first round of the XFL’s lineman draft in 2019 by the New York Guardians. Rich Cimini was the first with the signing.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 25, 2020
The Steelers also added some more safety help, picking up Tyree Kinnel. Kinnel went undrafted out of Michigan and signed briefly with the Cincinnati Bengals last season. Kinnel had 17 tackles in five games for the DC Defenders before their season was cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The news of the signing was first reported by Kinnel’s representative Vince Calo on Twitter.
— Vince Calo (@vjcalo) March 26, 2020
The two players will join another former-XFL player in NY Guardians defensive tackle Cavon Walker on the Steelers roster. The team inked the XFL’s season sack leader to a deal Wednesday morning.