The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free agent tight end Ladarius Green after a visit earlier today. The terms of the contract are 4yrs/$20mil with a $4.75mil signing bonus.
The former San Diego Charger tight end Green was allowed to test the market, following the news of San Diego’s re-signing of long time tight end Antonio Gates.
Green looks to fill in right away as starting tight end for the Steelers following the retirement of Heath Miller. Although his blocking abilities are not his strong suit, Green should have no problem getting the attention of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. In 47 career games, Green has caught 77 passes for 1,087 yards and seven touchdowns.
Another aspect that Green brings to the Steelers offense is a height mismatch, standing at 6’6, Green has the ability to outreach cornerbacks and out run linebackers. This gives the Steelers the opportunity to replicate the recent NFL trend of utilizing a tall athletic tight end, something that was not possible with Heath Miller.
To see what Green brings to the table, here he is snagging a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals showing his excellent body control and concentration.