Steelers Release TE Ladarius Green, Sign Terrell Watson

  • Steelers Release TE Ladarius Green, Sign Terrell Watson

Steelers Release TE Ladarius Green, Sign Terrell Watson

With the roster spot created by the release of Green, the Steelers signed running back Terrell Watson, who spent the 2015 season the practice squad of Cincinnati. The easy math in the above tweet shows that Green pocketed $1 million for each game he played last season.

The Steelers signed the 6-6, 240-pound tight end to a four-year, $20-million contract in free agency last year despite the fact he had undergone an offseason ankle surgery. Although fans had speculated Green simply wasn't right in 2016, especially after his concussions, the team now finds themselves potentially searching for a need at the tight end position.

Green's 0.88 Reception Net Expected Points per target ranked fifth among the 43 tight ends to receive at least 30 targets this past year.

Except for Green getting released on Thursday.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Green would be back in 2017, before he failed the physical.

Fantasy Impact After one disappointing, injury-plagued season in Pittsburgh, the Steelers are moving on from Green.

Despite the fact that he missed 10 games, Green was still paid handsomely. Barnidge is 31 years-old, and is coming off a 612 yard receiving season (11.1 yards per catch) and two receiving touchdowns. Green, a high profile free agent signing in 2016, had been a hot topic around town with his inability to stay healthy, which in turn kept him from playing in games.

The Steelers looked hard at selecting a tight end in last month's National Football League draft but got help at receiver instead, taking USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round.

The Chiefs do seem to be in the market for a backup tight end, so why not take a flyer on Green?