Dupree is guaranteed $9.2 million now that his fifth-year contract option kicked in Wednesday with the start of the new NFL league season, according to Pittsburgh Tribune writer Joe Rutter.
Although nothing to sneeze at, Dupree's 2019 salary contract is a bargain compared to some of the other linebackers in the league. The top 10 linebackers average $16.1 million led by Von Miller, who will earn $25.1 million this season. Dupree is the 16th highest paid linebacker in the NFL, which is not too bad after finishing the 2018 season with just 42 tackles, including 5.5 sacks in 16 games.
Dupree totaled three tackles (all solo) during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.
Dupree has been consistent, averaging five sacks per season in his four years with Pittsburgh. He finishes the 2018 season with 42 tackles including 5.5 sacks with an interception and a forced fumble in 16 games. Dupree has one year remaining on his current contract and is expected to again take his place as the starting right outside linebacker for the Steelers in 2019.
Dupree was absent from Wednesday's practice due to a knee contusion, but he now appears ready to go for Week 16. Barring any setbacks, expect the starting linebacker to suit up against the Saints on Sunday.
Dupree suffered a knee contusion during Pittsburgh's Week 15 win over the Patriots, and is managing his recovery from the injury. Coach Mike Tomlin expects Dupree to be available against the Saints on Sunday, but the starting linebacker's participation in practice Thursday and Friday is nonetheless worth monitoring.
Dupree recorded five tackles (two solo), including a sack, during Sunday's 24-21 loss to Oakland.
The sack was Dupree's first in four games, giving him 5.5 on the season. He needs one more sack to eclipse the career high of six sacks he set last season. Dupree will look to do that in Week 15 against New England, a team against which he had two tackles, including a sack, in late-season matchup last year.
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