On the same day the Pittsburgh Steelers parted ways with veteran long snapper Greg Warren, they cut the cord on tight end Ladarius Green too.
Steelers release TE Ladarius Green. Failed physical. Failed signing.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) May 18, 2017
Green, who was signed from the Chargers, was expected to be the dynamic tight end for the Steelers down the seam and in the red zone. Unfortunately, he was neither for the black and gold as he was rarely healthy.
If you recall, Green’s ankle caused him to miss all of the offseason and preseason workouts, and had him start on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. When he was finally healthy, he made an impact, but his tenure in the Steel City was short lived after concussions ended his season.
The release for Green was due to a failed physical, and it was not made public if this was due to the concussions, his ankle, or something else.
One thing is for certain, Green will take a toll on the Steelers’ salary cap.
Ladarius Green cost Steelers $6 M, including $4.75 SB and '16 salary. He will count $3.56 M against their cap this year— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) May 18, 2017
With these numbers, it would be safe to say the signing of Green was a mistake, but would he be considered the worse free agent signing in Pittsburgh history?
Either way, the Steelers now will look to Jesse James, David Johnson, Xavier Grimble, Scott Orndoff and Phazahn Odom. There is a chance a free agent like Gary Barnidge’s phone might be ringing in the next few days.
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