Skip to main content

NFL Insider: Morgan Burnett "Wants To Be Released" From Contract With Steelers

A Pittsburgh Steelers helmet sitting on the field.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01: A detailed view of a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The 2019 offseason hasn't been kind to the Pittsburgh Steelers thus far. Immediately after the season ended, reports emerged suggesting that Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown threw a ball at quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at practice and wondered aloud why the Steelers don't trade him.

In the following weeks, an Antonio Brown trade has gathered steam as Steelers owner Art Rooney II stated publicly that the two sides haven't spoken after Brown's blowup.

The news just keeps getting worse for Pittsburgh as a new report suggests another member of the team wants out. According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, safety Morgan Burnett "wants to be released" from his contract with the Steelers.

Here's the news from Rapoport.

Burnett was injured a majority of the year and saw his minutes significantly diminished with the rise of rookie safety Terrell Edmunds. In all likelihood, the Steelers would have moved on from Burnett after the season anyway to avoid his significant cap hit.

Now it looks like both sides will part amicably as the Steelers look to open up cap space for the coming season.

Missing the playoffs hasn't been kind to Pittsburgh and the Steelers will need to make a few moves to ensure they're successful in 2019.