Packers lose Morgan Burnett in free agency

Paola Ditto
Marzo 21, 2018

The Pittsburgh Steelers are adding safety help.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are nearing a deal with former Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett. As the quarterback of the defense, Green Bay struggled with communication when he was out. In 102 regular season games, Burnett has compiled 497 solo tackles, 202 assisted, 7.5 sacks and 9 interceptions.

However, Burnett hasn't been able to stay on the field as consistently as the Packers would've liked in recent years.

Burnett now joins a Steelers secondary which desperately needs an upgrade at safety, especially after the release of veteran Mike Mitchell.

He has missed 10 games in the past three seasons due to injuries to his calf, groin and hamstring. Pittsburgh tied for third in the league last season in terms of giving up pass plays of over 40 yards last season with 13. Besides playing the safety position, he also played as a slot cornerback in the nickel alignment, and as a linebacker in the dime package.

After the 2016 season, Matt Claassen of Pro Football Focus had Burnett rated as Green Bay's best defensive back with an 85.3 overall grade and best coverage defender with an 80 grade.

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