Bud Dupree tore his ACL in 2020, completely changing the dynamic of the Steelers' defense.
The Steelers were 11-0 with Dupree, and after he tore his ACL, they won just one of their last five, losing to both Washington and Cincinnati in that stint. Sadly, Pittsburgh didn’t see the value in re-signing him and couldn’t keep up with other offers.
Dupree left the Steelers and is looking to make his presence felt with the Titans. He signed with Tennessee for five years on a contract worth a lofty $82.5 million. They tried to improve their pass rush last season by adding Jadeveon Clowney, but that didn’t do much.
They went out and added a big name in Dupree; however, he’s been injured. His offseason has been full of rehab, and he’s working to get as soon as possible.
“ACL recovery, rehab, I mean, it’s been one of the most progress [sic] things I have dealt with so far. Each week you see different levels of progress. You see different things change in your body. So I’m working hard to be back as soon as I can, but that’s up to the coaching staff at the end of the day, like when they want me to be on the field and how comfortable they feel with me coming off the injury,” Dupree said on Good Morning Football.
Dupree was an absolute stud with the Steelers. He had 31 tackles, 15 quarterback hits and 8 sacks in just 11 games. A former first-round pick from Kentucky Wildcats, Dupree was on pace to have the best season of his career.
The Steelers' defense last season was shredded by injury, and now Dupree is set to leave his mark in Music City. Dupree tore his ACL early in December of 2020, so it’s unlikely he returns to start the new season, but he should be expected to be back at some point in 2021.