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Report: Tennessee Titans to Sign Bud Dupree

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One big Steelers free agent appears to have found a new NFL home. The Tennessee Titans have signed linebacker Bud Dupree, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Raporot.

Reports indicate Dupree will sign a multi-year deal with Tennessee for $16.5 million per year.

Dupree played the 2020 season on the franchise tag after his rookie contract expired at the end of the 2019 season. The Steelers announced they would not use the franchise tag on Dupree last week.

Drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Kentucky, Dupree has played six seasons with the Steelers. After largely coming off the bench in his first two seasons, Dupree first became a starter in 2017.

He broke out in 2019, when he recorded 11.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss in 16 games. He was on pace to repeat that kind of performance in 2020, with eight sacks and eight tackles for loss in the first eight games before his season was cut short with an ACL injury suffered against Baltimore on Dec. 2.

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