3 Tennessee Titans who might be disappointments in 2021

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Bud Dupree, Tennessee Titans
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35. . . . Bud Dupree, linebacker. 48. player

Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Bud Dupree

If it seems like there’s been a ton of coverage on this Bud Dupree guy, there should be. He signed a fairly large deal on March 19th if you haven’t heard. That one carries five years and will wind up paying Dupree $82.5 million over that time frame.

Now, for many of you, the analysis can stop there, but here’s the thing. None of that investment has proven to benefit the Titans on the field to this point, and to make matters worse, there are no real guarantees about when that investment will lead to a return.

Bud Dupree is gifted. We all saw that when he was at Kentucky with the Wildcats. Guys don’t earn First-team All-SEC nods because they can’t play, but even with that being said, though Dupree was productive before T.J. Watt showed up, just about everyone wants to believe that his success came as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers because he had Watt as a teammate.

Whether you want to believe that or not, many of us are asking ‘what if?’. The truth is none of us know the answer, but if we’re going to dig an answer up, we’ll have to wait until we see Dupree play. The problem with that is we don’t really know when he’ll play for real.