Steelers to reportedly sign ex-Packer safety Morgan Burnett to replace Mike Mitchell

Former Packers wide receiver James Jones continues to break news during free agency. A week after he was the first to report that Jordy Nelson was headed to the Raiders, Jones tweeted Monday night that safety Morgan Burnett, who spent the first eight years of his career in Green Bay, was headed to Pittsburgh to sign with the Steelers.

Burnett ranked 19th on Pete Prisco's top-50 free agents.

He is 29 and has been a quality starter for a long time. He would be a nice veteran addition for a team looking to stabilize the back end.

Burnett, whose production slipped in 2017, ranked 62nd among all safeties, according to Pro Football Focus' grades. But he ranked 12th in 2016 and ninth the season before. By comparison, the player Burnett would replace, Mike Mitchell, ranked 24th in 2015, 42nd in 2016 and 64th last season.

So why is Burnett, a former third-round pick out of Georgia Tech, set to join Pittsburgh when there were other likely suitors?

The Steelers were one of the last teams to make a free-agent signing (we're still waiting for the Cowboys), and they had needs at inside linebacker and at safety -- the team lost linebacker Ryan Shazier to a spinal injury in December and he's already been ruled out for the 2018 season, and they released veteran defensive backs William Gay, Mitchell and Robert Golden last week. Pittsburgh signed inside linebacker Jon Bostic over the weekend and it appears Burnett will be the next player to join the roster.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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