There is about to be another safety on the free agent market.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Pittsburgh Steelers have informed Morgan Burnett that he will be released by April 1, per his request.
Steelers have informed veteran S Morgan Burnett that they will release him by April 1, per the player’s request, said his agent Kevin Conner. Burnett was told release would occur Weds, but Steelers say accounting issues will delay it another week. Another S about to be on market— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 22, 2019
Burnett was not happy during his lone year in Pittsburgh, as he felt he played out of position most of the season. The Steelers often lined him up as a dime linebacker, which led to decreased production and inconsistent play.
Steelers safety Morgan Burnett has not officially asked the team for his release, but Burnett told @RapSheet he wants to be released to return to his natural position of safety instead of dime linebacker. Steelers would save $2.16M on the cap by releasing him.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 19, 2019
Burnett was one of the more notable offseason signings for Pittsburgh last offseason, as he came over from Green Bay after a very productive eight seasons.
It isn't known at this point if Burnett has any specific teams in mind, but there are a number of franchises that could use safety help and at 30 years of age, he's still more than serviceable in the defensive backfield.