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Steelers safety Morgan Burnett asked to be released from contract, report says

Sporting News logo Sporting News 1/20/2019 Kirstie Chiappelli
a football player on a field: Morgan Burnett © (Getty Images) Morgan Burnett

Antonio Brown isn't the only disgruntled player in Pittsburgh.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers safety Morgan Burnett told NFL Network he would like to be released from the team despite having two years remaining on his contract.

The report noted Burnett cited "a desire to return to safety after playing most of his first season with the Steelers as a dime linebacker" as the reason for his request after expressing his unhappiness with playing the position to the team.

Burnett made his lone start at strong safety in Week 2 against the Chiefs before going down with an injury, making room for rookie Terrell Edmunds to take over. Edmunds went on to play more snaps in 2018 than any other Steelers player as he started 15 of 16 games.

Should the Steelers grant his request, Burnett would count $2.8 million against the salary cap in 2019 but also free up more than $3 million given his $5 million base salary.

Burnett, 30, was selected by the Packers in the third round of the 2010 draft and went on to win the Super Bowl 45 at the end of his rookie season after defeating the Steelers.

He later signed a three-year deal worth $14.3 million with Pittsburgh in March 2018, saying he was open to playing safety or dime linebacker. However, he battled numerous injuries and was forced to miss five games this season.


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