The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Monday that they’ve officially released veteran S Morgan Burnett.
Reports had said that the Steelers were expected to release Burnett on April 1 if no trade surfaced and it looks like they stuck to this plan.
Burnett requested his release from the Steelers back in January and said that he felt he played out of position as a dime linebacker last year and would like a new start and a chance to play safety again.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN recently mentioned that the Browns are worth keeping an eye on as a potential landing spot for Burnett, given that Cleveland’s front office and coaching staff both know him well and former Packers defensive passing game coordinator Joe Whitt coached him directly.
Burnett, 30, is a former third-round pick of the Packers back in 2010. He’s played eight seasons for the Packers before agreeing to a three-year contract worth close to $14.5 million.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Burnett will free up $3,633,332 of available cap space while creating $2,833,334 in dead money.
In 2018, Burnett appeared in 11 games for the Steelers and recorded 30 tackles, no interceptions and six pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 52 safety out of 93 qualifying players.