The Steelers picked up the option in April. They could have rescinded it at any point until Wednesday afternoon — barring injury.
In his four seasons with the Steelers, Dupree has averaged five sacks. He had 5.5 sacks in 2018 when he started 15 of 16 games and had a career-high 42 tackles. Dupree also recorded his first career interception, which he returned for a touchdown against Tampa Bay.
In February, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert indicated he was comfortable with the organization paying Dupree the fifth-year option. Dupree had an approximate $1.7 million base salary in 2018.
Unless the two sides agree to an extension, Dupree will become a free agent in 2020.