Another pass-rusher is off the market.
The 27-year-old is coming off his best pro season, compiling career-highs in tackles (68), sacks (11.5) and passes defended (3).
The Steelers, who are at the bottom of the NFL in terms of cap space, prioritized keeping their former first-round pass rusher for at least one more season.
"He is a priority for us," coach Mike Tomlin said at his season-ending press conference. "Make no mistake, Bud Dupree is a priority for us."
That priority ended with the franchise tender, which is expected to be around $16 million, per Over The Cap.
The decision to tag Dupree is likely to have a domino effect on the rest of the Steelers' roster, with Pittsburgh needing to clear cap space to fit the tag figure.