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Ladarius Green’s final tally: Six games, $6 million, sixth-round pick

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The Steelers’ decision to cut tight end Ladarius Green today closes the book on what has been called the team’s worst free agent signing ever.

Green, who was signed last year after the Steelers reportedly failed to thoroughly investigate his concussion history, played in just six games in his one season as a Steeler. For those six games, in which he caught 18 passes, Green made $6 million.

In addition to paying Green $1 million a game, the Steelers also lost a sixth-round draft pick in the deal. As noted by compensatory pick guru Nick Korte, the Steelers would have had a sixth-round compensatory pick this year if they hadn’t signed Green last year.

The Steelers cut their losses with Green today. Those losses were significant.

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39 Responses to “Ladarius Green’s final tally: Six games, $6 million, sixth-round pick”
  1. stillabengalsfan says: May 18, 2017 6:36 PM

    It happens, hell Cincy gave Antonio Bryant $7 million for one practice. Not going to rail on them for this, injuries happen.

  2. tylawspick6 says: May 18, 2017 6:45 PM

    how colbert is still employed, i literally have
    no idea

    wasted picks on d, immature players on offense

    wow

    good thing most of the afc is medicore and the
    browns are in their division

    only recently did cincy become competitive
    in that division

  3. raiderinva says: May 18, 2017 6:52 PM

    I thought for sure Green was going to be a beast, he looked set to explode coming out of San Diego.

    He is on a plane to Jacksonville if his agent is worth his mud.

  4. peytonwantsaflag says: May 18, 2017 6:52 PM

    Don’t really know if that book is actually closed, the steelers inexplicably decided not to address the tight end issue in the draft, something Ben specifically wanted addressed, this might be the thing that makes him retire

  5. RandyinRoxbury says: May 18, 2017 6:58 PM

    “Due Diligence”, its important, ask Jeff Ireland.

  6. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: May 18, 2017 7:00 PM

    Too bad. Never wish bad health on anyone. Could have been a great weapon. Next up and persevere. Ultimately, he’s replaceable. And Pitt is pretty loaded. Bring it.

  7. razzlejag says: May 18, 2017 7:04 PM

    Why would Jacksonville want him? At-risk for repeat concussions player aren’t in demand.

    He is in Boston right now being evaluated by Gisele Bundchen.

  8. MichaelEdits says: May 18, 2017 7:13 PM

    I could do that, except for the part about catching 18 passes.

  9. maust1013 says: May 18, 2017 7:14 PM

    It’s worth noting for the Steeler fanboys banging on the Brady concussion story if you follow the link the PG story says it was headaches and not the reported ankle that kept him out of the lineup last season.

  10. clashpoint says: May 18, 2017 7:28 PM

    Injuries happen, as someone else has already said. He was healthy enough to play until that last concussion, the final injury in his playing career. Best of luck to him going forward into his life’s work.

    The Steelers kept 4 TEs on their roster last year and still have the other three. Starter Jesse James caught 39 passes last year while improving himself as a blocker. They also signed a couple undrafted but promising rookies for the practice squad. Steelers TEs need to block first anyways.

    Most importantly though they’ll probably keep six WRs, a group that currently has about nine NFL capable players. Some have practice squad eligibility left, so it all balances out. I’m very happy with what Pittsburgh did in the draft and the team they have going forward.

    Go Steelers!

  11. realtruthteller100 says: May 18, 2017 7:32 PM

    realtruthteller100 says:
    Mar 9, 2016 10:41 PM
    let me get this right. the steelers cut heath miller so they could sign this bum??? sure he might be 8 years younger, but would you rather have a grizzled vet, student of the game type who watches film on his off days and puts the team first every of step of the way, or a me-first glory boy who as raw athleticiscm but lacks grit and whos name literaly means he only cares about money?? thought so

    ————-

    well well well. looks like i was right once again folks. sadly this comment recieved 9 upvotes and 270 upvotes. i personaly demand a apology from everyone who downvoted.

  12. toybkshr says: May 18, 2017 7:33 PM

    Hmmm – where do I sign?

  13. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 18, 2017 7:44 PM

    Belichick would never…

  14. tokyosandblaster says: May 18, 2017 7:52 PM

    The steelers are always good for a laugh.

    >

  15. blowfishes says: May 18, 2017 7:53 PM

    Poor guy. Yes he got $6m for effectively 6 games, but these concussions could affect him for the rest of his life. Here’s hoping Green is able to put this medical issue behind him and move on.

  16. Nofoolnodrool says: May 18, 2017 7:54 PM

    how colbert is still employed, i literally have
    no idea

    wasted picks on d, immature players on offense

    wow

    good thing most of the afc is medicore and the
    browns are in their division

    only recently did cincy become competitive
    in that division

    It’s easy that you are confused because you need an IQ above room temperature to be a GM or Coach in the NFL.

    When you bet on humans it’s risky business some are smart and some are like you.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: May 18, 2017 7:56 PM

    It’s worth noting for the Steeler fanboys banging on the Brady concussion story if you follow the link the PG story says it was headaches and not the reported ankle that kept him out of the lineup last season.

    5 1

    One has nothing to do with the other. You fanboys are blaming Brady’s wife for being concerned about his health. You fanboys are wetting your knickers thinking about life without Tammy.

  18. National Fanatic says: May 18, 2017 8:09 PM

    Green is good, damn good… Injuries suck though…

  19. PFT loves the Steelers says: May 18, 2017 8:40 PM

    stillabengalsfan says:
    May 18, 2017 6:36 PM
    It happens, hell Cincy gave Antonio Bryant $7 million for one practice. Not going to rail on them for this, injuries happen
    ______________

    …and Antonio Bryant I’d considered the worst FA signing in Bengals history. We caught grief for that just as the Steelers should get ripped for this.

  20. xbam says: May 18, 2017 8:41 PM

    I thought it was good fit when he signed…

  21. jxt2521 says: May 18, 2017 9:06 PM

    For someone who makes a living off the blood, sweat and tears of grown men playing a game you sure don’t have much appretiation for their health.

  22. swhy19 says: May 18, 2017 9:14 PM

    Amazing how AFC teams can make mistake after mistake…. a team makes those mistakes in the NFC and they win 4 games…. NFL needs to seed teams 1-16 for the playoffs and forget about conferences….

  23. folec says: May 18, 2017 10:50 PM

    Steelers are relevant in name only…Tomlin is a bum

  24. mmmpierogi says: May 19, 2017 7:50 AM

    tylawspick6 says:
    May 18, 2017 6:45 PM
    how colbert is still employed, i literally have
    no idea

    wasted picks on d, immature players on offense

    ********************************************************************

    Exactly! Look at Colbert’s godawful track record in the draft and UDFAs alone. Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, LeVeon Bell, Maurkice Pouncey, DeCastro, Timmons, Larry Foote, Woodley, Harrison, Heath Miller, Emmanuel Sanders, Troy Polamalu, Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel, Cam Heyward. I could go on. No clue how the Steelers didn’t fire this bum 15 years ago.

  25. thesteelhurtin says: May 19, 2017 8:36 AM

    To the guy who said the Steelers cut Miller. You are wrong he retired. And no he wasn’t retired he was in his 30s and done playing.

  26. thesteelhurtin says: May 19, 2017 8:37 AM

    Folec you do realize they were just in the AFC championship game and in the playoffs the last three years right?

  27. dutchschafer says: May 19, 2017 8:59 AM

    I knew the guy had the brain spins before the Steelers even signed him.

    The best part of this was how they kept claiming he had an ankle injury all year long.

    Sure NFL…

  28. chrisdmv says: May 19, 2017 9:08 AM

    666

    Sorry, I notice no one else said it.. I just had to lol

  29. steelcurtainn says: May 19, 2017 9:29 AM

    Not a big deal, move on. They played nearly the entire year without ladarius green and did well anyways. No Big loss here.

  30. tylawspick6 says: May 19, 2017 9:37 AM

    folec says:
    May 18, 2017 10:50 PM
    Steelers are relevant in name only…Tomlin is a bum

    —————–

    I think they just like that “tough guy” mentality of the guy who stands there, arms folded with dark sunglasses on, with a chin sticking out, and they think that means success.

    He’s a solid coach, as was Cowher for sure, but they have a tendency to wildly overrated everything in Pittsburgh because of the 1970s.

  31. finnymcphin says: May 19, 2017 9:38 AM

    swhy19 says:
    May 18, 2017 9:14 PM
    Amazing how AFC teams can make mistake after mistake…. a team makes those mistakes in the NFC and they win 4 games…. NFL needs to seed teams 1-16 for the playoffs and forget about conferences….
    ———————————–

    Just because NFC teams don’t have enough depth to stay competitive in the face of a ‘mistake’ that is no reason to add 4 additional teams to the playoffs. Seeding 1-16 would not just water down the playoffs but it would blow up division and conference rivalries. How does that make anything better?

  32. tylawspick6 says: May 19, 2017 9:39 AM

    It’s easy that you are confused because you need an IQ above room temperature to be a GM or Coach in the NFL.

    When you bet on humans it’s risky business some are smart and some are like you.

    ————–

    Fairly certain my IQ is greater than both Tomlin and Colbert based on their lack of focus on drafting mature and intelligent people to play on that defense to combat the Pats offense.

    There’s more to football than the weight room and speed.

  33. bobsacamano2 says: May 19, 2017 9:46 AM

    Almost as bad as Dwayne Bowe’s 8 catch $9M season with the Browns.

  34. tavisteelersfan says: May 19, 2017 10:28 AM

    How many teams must envy the Steelers personnel talent if the Green signing was their worst ever. Haynesworth. Neil O’Donnell. Osweiller. Grbac. Delhomme, Vanderjagt. etc.

  35. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: May 19, 2017 10:57 AM

    Don’t worry. They still have Little Ben left to destroy the season. What a joke of an organization!

  36. straighcashhomey says: May 19, 2017 11:23 AM

    man steelers got hosed badly

  37. mmmpierogi says: May 19, 2017 11:48 AM

    tylawspick6 says:
    May 19, 2017 9:39 AM

    Fairly certain my IQ is greater than both Tomlin and Colbert…

    ********************************************************************

    Tomlin and Colbert make a living off of it. You sit on PFT all day in your mom’s basement and troll. Hugest Pats fanboy ever.

  38. dirtyback says: May 19, 2017 11:59 AM

    The Steelers did fine without him last year and will do fine without him this year. I have a feling Gribmle will be utilized a lot more. He is more of a receiving threat that JJ. Regardless, this team has weapons even without green

  39. corvuscrassirostris says: May 19, 2017 3:07 PM

    All the steeler fanboys who were claiming Green was gonna make this steeler offense unstoppable are now saying move on and it’s no big deal, we don’t need him. Yinzer’s talk out both sides of their mouth more than any fan base in the league.

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