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Morgan Burnett could not have been a starter for the Steelers in 2019, however his need to depart Pittsburgh makes coach Mike Tomlin look fairly dangerous.
When the Steelers spent a primary spherical choose on Terrell Edmunds within the 2018 draft it was clear Morgan Burnett’s days in Pittsburgh have been numbered. Nonetheless, the truth that he’s so determined to depart the group this offseason is about extra than simply his potential function within the Steelers’ secondary.
The information that Burnett desires out isn’t a breaking story. The veteran security selected to speak his request for a launch to an NFL Community reporter throughout this 12 months’s playoffs. It appears that evidently the Steelers are keen to let him go, however they’re looking for a group keen to commerce for him earlier than they decide to releasing him.
A hamstring damage restricted Burnett throughout preseason which opened the door for Edmunds to take his job Week 1. Burnett really obtained his beginning spot again the next week earlier than a brand new groin damage knocked him out of the lineup. Issues obtained bizarre after Burnett returned to observe after that absence.
Tomlin brazenly mentioned the chance of Burnett regaining his beginning place, however he by no means obtained one other begin underneath Tomlin. As an alternative, the vast majority of his motion late within the season got here because the group’s dime linebacker. That represents fairly a fall from a participant who started the season within the combine for a beginning place.
It’s not troublesome to learn between the strains and see what Burnett’s difficulty is right here. He clearly doesn’t assume he obtained a good shake from Tomlin. If this have been an remoted incident it might be chalked as much as a random disagreement between a proud veteran and his head coach. Sadly for Tomlin, the remainder of his offseason exercise robs him of the advantage of the doubt.
His high-profile battles with each Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown make it clear that Tomlin struggles to attach along with his veterans. That’s beginning to have an actual unfavourable impact on the Steelers roster. Shedding Burnett isn’t going to finish Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes in 2019, but it surely’s a symptom of a a lot larger downside contained in the group.
In the long run, it might show to be Tomlin’s undoing. If he can’t discover a option to acquire the assist of his whole locker room subsequent season it might be his remaining 12 months accountable for the storied franchise.