To exercise or not to exercise?

Exercise the option? No.

Bush was a highly touted linebacker in this class alongside Devin White, but we haven't seen him live up to that potential. He had a solid rookie campaign (109 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two INTs, a forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, one sack), but was out for most of 2020 with a knee injury and has really struggled with his game in Year 3. With just two sacks, 70 tackles (two for loss) and a forced fumble this season, Bush hasn't been able to consistently impact Pittsburgh's defense like others in the unit have. As a top-10 pick, he's expected to do just that.

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