Morgan Burnett wanted out of Pittsburgh for very valid reasons, considering the Steelers locker room drama was too much for stars Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell to handle. That's not necessarily on any one player individually, but Burnett understandably wants a fresh start.
After his release by Pittsburgh, NFL insider Jeremy Fowler believes the Cleveland Browns will be interested in the veteran's services, citing their previous involvement in his free agency after Burnett was cut by the Packers just last offseason.
One team to watch if/when Steelers release safety Morgan Burnett released: The Browns. Front office and coaching staff knows him well from Green Bay days (pass game coord. Joe Whitt coached him). Expecting interest.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 28, 2019
The Browns desperately need a safety, especially after trading away Jabrill Peppers in the OBJ deal with the New York Giants. While John Dorsey and Co. have been in on the likes of Earl Thomas and even Eric Berry, a reliable veteran like Burnett could be more up their alley.
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 will officially hit free agency on April 1, and it's no April Fool's joke. Expect Cleveland, yes those Browns, to be in the market to upset their rivals in Pittsburgh.