Although somewhat stunning, no fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers had to be all that surprised when the team released Ladarius Green on Thursday. Throughout the offseason, both Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin have been extremely vague, if not non-committal, when asked about Green’s status from the concussions which ended his season.
Ultimately, it just seemed like the relationship was doomed from the start. Whether it was the ankle injury, which was known prior to him signing a free agent deal with Pittsburgh, or him not being able to start the season after being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
The concussion issue is what certainly had fans thinking Green very well could have played his final snap of football, but a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, citing a player who spoke with Green, states the tight end isn’t done playing yet.
A player who spoke with tight end Ladarius Green post-release said Green's hoping to play this season and sign with a team as a free agent.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 19, 2017
When Fowler posted this news, you could see the Steelers fans thinking about Green catching on somewhere else, naturally most suggested New England, and being a force. That might be a bit too much of a knee jerk reaction based on Green’s very sordid injury history. Not too many NFL teams will be looking to add a player where a concussion could potentially end their career.
The question remains, could the Steelers have waited to released him? The answer is yes, but if they wanted out of their deal with Green, the failed physical gave them an easy out. Sometimes it is better to just rip the band-aid off rather than slowly peel it away.
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