While with the Steelers, Green managed only 18 catches for 384 yards and a touchdown.
The Ladarius Green experiment is over in Pittsburgh. He signed a 4-year, $20 million deal with Pittsburgh to help replace Heath Miller and give another offensive weapon for Big Ben Roethlisberger. Against the Bills, Green would gain 25 yards on two catches, and haul in another five footballs for 72 yards against the Bengals before suffering another concussion and never clear the league's protocol to return. Green finally got on the field against the Dallas Cowboys after sitting on the PUP list to start the season.
Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official website confirmed Green's release, adding it came "with the designation failed physical".
Green was initially a fourth-round pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette back in 2012 by the then San Diego Chargers. Put the tight end in-line in 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends, two wide receivers) and the opposing defensive coordinator has to decide whether to match him with a defensive back or a linebacker.
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History will not remember the signing of Green favorably considering he only managed to see action in six games, yet effectively cost Pittsburgh $1 million a game.
Although the team has could go into the season with James, Johnson and Grimble as their primary tight ends, they could also look to free agency. Watson, 23, was originally an undrafted rookie free agent pickup by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015. No matter what happens, the training camp competition for the starting tight end job will be interesting to watch.
The Chiefs have already made a few moves this offseason at tight end, including the signing of former Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar and the trade of James O'Shaughnessy to the New England Patriots.