Like Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers have some decisions to make on another young star this offseason. They have to figure out if it's worth giving Bud Dupree a 5th year extension.
Steelers Depot broke down the process
"What is Dupree’s fifth-year option? – Dupree originally signed a four-year contract in 2015 and that deal is currently set to expire after the 2018 season. Dupree’s option year is for the 2019 season and thus the Steelers must identify this offseason whether or not they want to exercise it. There a lot of people who seem to think that 2018 is Dupree’s option year, but that is not the case. Dupree is set to earn a base salary in 2018 of $1,692,585 and picking up or not picking up his fifth-year option will not change that."
But is Dupree worth it?
"What will the Steelers ultimately decide to do with Dupree? – That’s a great question and you could make good arguments as to why they should and shouldn’t pick up his fifth-year option this offseason. As we saw a few years ago, the Steelers chose not to pick up the fifth-year option on outside linebacker Jarvis Jones and that ultimately was the right decision. As for Dupree, while he’s a much better player than Jones ever was, he still has yet to live up to his full potential and especially as a pass rusher. Sure, Dupree had 6 sacks in 2017, but not a one of them would be considered a very high quality sack. Personally, I think the Steelers should gamble on Dupree and pick up his fifth-year option and then see how he plays in 2018. Should Dupree not take another step forward in his development during the 2018 season, the Steelers can cut him just prior to the start of the 2019 league year and be done with him, assuming he doesn’t suffer a serious injury during the season."
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