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Morgan Burnett signs with Steelers, NFL Network reports

March 20, 2018 GMT

Safety Morgan Burnett is leaving the Green Bay Packers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, giving the Packers another hole in their secondary.

NFL Network analyst and former Packers wide receiver James Jones reported the deal, NFL Network said in this story Tuesday morning.

Burnett, 29, a third-round pick from Georgia Tech in 2010, was a free agent for the first time: He signed a four-year, $24.75 million extension in July 2013, before the final year of his rookie contract.

Burnett told SiriusXM NFL Radio’s A.J. Hawk and Brady Quinn before the start of free agency that the Packers had made no effort to extend him before the end of his contract, and Burnett indicated during the SiriusXM interview that the team had yet to talk to him about getting a deal done before free agency.

“I understand it’s a business, so I know how it works,” Burnett said. “But as long as I’m playing football, I’m happy with that. Wherever it’s at, that means that they’ll want me so I’ll be happy to be there. I’m just open to sit back and see how everything plays out, see how everything’s going to go.”

In addition to tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee his rookie year, Burnett has dealt with myriad injuries in recent years. He missed two games with a hamstring injury and two more with a groin injury last season; while he only missed one game in 2016 (groin), he missed five games in 2015 because of a calf injury.

Burnett played all over the field last year — traditional strong safety, inside linebacker in the “Nitro” package, in the slot in nickel and dime packages and even outside at corner in a pinch — but finished the season with 65 combined tackles, no interceptions, no sacks, one quarterback hit and seven pass break-ups in 12 games.