Titans release OLB Bud Dupree after 7 sacks in 2 years

Bengals Titans Football
Posted at 11:20 AM, Mar 16, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-16 12:20:08-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans released outside linebacker Bud Dupree two years into a five-year contract, parting ways with the big free agent they acquired in 2021 to boost their pass rush, the team announced Thursday.

Dupree signed a contract worth up to $82.5 million contract in March 2021 after spending his first six seasons with Pittsburgh. The Titans signed Dupree despite the 6-foot-4, 269-pound linebacker tearing an ACL in early December 2020.

He was waived Wednesday night. Dupree becomes the latest veteran cut by Tennessee's new general manager Ran Carthon, joining three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan, wide receiver Robert Woods, center Ben Jones, kicker Randy Bullock and linebacker Zach Cunningham.

Dupree had been due the second-highest base salary on the Titans' roster at $17 million, along with a bonus of $3.2 million. He was set to count $20.2 million against the cap, according to With a dead cap hit of $10.8 million, the Titans get a cap savings of only $9.35 million.

The linebacker started the season opener but struggled coming off the torn ACL. He had one sack in his first seven games and wound up on injured reserve with a hip injury. Dupree started only six of the 11 games he played in 2021, and he played in only 11 games in 2022.

Dupree, who had 39 1/2 sacks in Pittsburgh, finished with only seven sacks over 22 games with Tennessee.

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