Ladarius Green , who underwent ankle surgery following the 2015 season, expects to be ready in advance of training camp, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Green dealt with some ankle issues last season, but the situation was addressed by the procedure. The Pittsburgh Steelers put the tight end through a physical before inking him to a four-year, $20 million deal, so evidently there's no real injury concerns on their part. In any case, Green fills a big need for the Steelers at the tight end position following the retirement of Heath Miller, who caught 60 passes for the team in 2015. While Miller -- a long-time fixture in the Pittsburgh offense -- isn't an easy act to follow, Green is viewed as a player with untapped potential, after having worked behind Antonio Gates in San Diego over the past four seasons.
Ladarius Green agreed to a four-year, $20 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
After spending most of his rookie contract in Antonio Gates' shadow, Green will head to Pittsburgh to serve as the unquestioned No. 1 tight end. He'll obviously have plenty of competition for targets in a loaded offense, but there should be plenty of production to go around, so long as Ben Roethlisberger stays healthy. Finally assured of a key role, the 25-year-old Green is well positioned to actually make good on his fantasy hype this time around.
Ladarius Green is expected to sign with the Steelers, ESPN.com reports.
Assuming that occurs, Green will no longer have to work behind, or in tandem with Antonio Gates, who will remain with the Chargers, after re-upping with the team Wednesday. Though the Steelers also roster fellow tight end Jesse James, Green would appear to have a clear path toward significant playing time in the Pittsburgh offense, following the retirement of Heath Miller. In 13 games for the Chargers last season, Green set career-high marks with 37 catches, 429 receiving yards and four TDs.
Green posted a career-high 429 yards and four touchdowns last season, which marked the final year of his rookie contract. A fourth-round pick in 2012, he provides nice insurance to aging All-Pro Antonio Gates, so a new deal for Green to remain in San Diego is something the Chargers are expected to pursue soon.
Bothered by his ankle since Week 8, Green will miss the final game of the season, finishing with 37 catches for 429 yards and four touchdowns in 13 appearances. Both he and Antonio Gates are slated to become free agents, and it will be surprising if the team retains both players. Wherever he ends up, Green should have the opportunity to earn targets on a more consistent basis.
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