The Steelers have sealed the signing of safety Morgan Burnett on a 3-year deal worth $14.5 million, according to Ian Rapoport.
Burnett, an 8 year veteran of the league, had spent his career in Green Bay before becoming a free agent this year. The 29 year old was a 3rd round selection in 2010 and looks set to be the starting safety for the team going into off-season workouts.
Predominantly an in the box safety, this move likely sees Sean Davis move to the free safety position, as the Steelers use Burnett as a defensive piece to counter opposing tight ends and running backs. Not known for creating big turnover numbers, 9 interceptions and 8 forced fumbles in his career, Burnett should provide another experienced veteran in the secondary and his sure tackling is a trait that Pittsburgh defensive backs have been sorely missing in the past few years.
This move addresses what was the biggest hole on the roster, and alongside the signing of Jon Bostic earlier in free agency, pencils in the Steelers starting defense for week 1 of the 2018 season .