The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially parted ways with Morgan Burnett just a year after sitgning him. This news also comes after they made their desire to either trade/release him by April 1 clear.
Burnett’s career in Pittsburgh was short-lived, as Burnett grew frustrated with his role (only played 37% of snaps of 11 games played, accrued 30 combined tackles) and made his desire to move on public back in January.
With the late season emergence of Terrell Edmunds and the continued play of Sean Davis, the Steelers were more than comfortable with waving goodbye to Burnett just one year into a deal that would have ended after the 2020 season.
The move saves the Steelers $3.63 million in cap space by releasing Burnett, putting the team in better position to sign their draft picks in the upcoming NFL Draft later this month.
Burnett now hits the open market of free agency after the initial wave of signings, making it tougher for him to find a true fit he’s been searching for after playing eight seasons in Green Bay. In the end, the move benefits both Burnett and the Steelers by moving on from each other.