Steelers Sign LB Shayon Green

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced earlier today that they added linebacker Shayon Green to their offseason roster. Green was a defensive end as well as a linebacker in college for Miami.

The former Hurricane originally went undrafted last year. He had a verbal agreement to sign as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins, but never actually signed. The Dolphins later worked him out in November as well. Green worked out at Miami’s Pro Day yesterday before signing with the Steelers, who were represented at the event.

Collegiately, Green had to overcome multiple ACL tears during his playing career. In his final season for the Hurricanes in 2013, he started all 13 games, recording 68 tackles, including 10.5 for loss, to go along with three sacks. He also earned multiple awards for leadership.

Presumably brought in to play outside linebacker, Green joins a cast of minor characters hoping to vie for a spot on the 53-man roster, behind the three roster locks in Jarvis Jones, Arthur Moats, and James Harrison.

Last year’s undrafted free agent, Howard Jones, spent all of the past season with the Steelers on the practice squad. The team also signed CFL standout Shawn Lemon earlier this offseason. Between the three of them, they may all be competing for one job on the practice squad when all is said and done.

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  • JohnB

    A quality I noticed in a lot of the guys we’ve drafted over the past couple years, is leadership or being a leader. im loving that. more of that, please.

  • steeltown

    Nice addition. He overcame alot in his early collegiate career and ended up playing really well in his junior and senior yrs. Team captain. Long shot but good late offseason addition.

  • pittfan

    I used to own a restaurant. In the hospitality industry , a friendly helpful attitude trumps every other attribute. I could train virtually every technical aspect of the job but I was rarely successful at training in “nice”.

    Some people are nice and some are not. In a team sport, leadership is vital. Leadership and persistence.
    Talent without character becomes cancerous.

  • TheFan

    Leadership and strong character is what the steelers are about. Why I love this organization. And it’s a reason why they win a lot.

  • Dorian James

    they weren’t kidding when they said they were going to have a lot of competition this will definitely make players step their game up

  • SteelersDepot

    2014 Miami pro day Results: Shayon Green HGT 6013 WGT 255 40 4.58 VERT 29.5 BENCH 34 20S 7.49 BROAD 9-1

  • Good stuff SteelersDepot. I was just blogging about the LBs yesterday. Outside of Jones, Moats and Harrison, I think HoJo and Lemon could be an interesting competition. Green’s signing spices things up, and likely to get more interesting if the Steelers select someone like Bud Dupree.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Seemingly a good size/strength combination. Should make for an increasingly intriguing group of camp bodies. Not to mention whoever the Steelers sign after the draft.

  • PapaJuju

    You never know when you’re going to find the next James Harrison.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    The Steelers were just at Miami’s pro day yesterday. Could someone have put in a good word for him? Just wondering.

  • steelster

    I would think there would be a sean spence connection here.

  • Alan Felicia

    Yes, a LB from the U coming off ACL who hasn’t played in 2 years and wears #51.

  • puCrepeaP

    haha, yeah but one likes vanilla, the other chocolate.

  • Alan Felicia

    They might go for the Trifecta and draft Denzel Perryman early.

  • steelster

    Strange isn’t it. They could be twins.

  • Shon Fullmer

    Don’t forget about Roosevelt Nix. My hope is that he is the next James Harrison reincarnation!

  • H.K. northern cali

    I wonder if this means just one lb drafted?

  • Rick M

    It sounds like the guy has great determination and a great work ethic. He’s had two ACL tears in his right knee (the second during spring practise) as well as a subsequent meniscus tear in the same knee. He also suffered a broken wrist between the ACL injuries.

    Bottom line, you have to admire his tremendous courage. But that injury history is frightening. I wish the guy well as he battles to fulfill his dream. A lot of people would have given up, so there’s no questioning his heart.

  • cencalsteeler

    Excellent post!

  • SteelersDepot

    those are really high hopes

  • Shon Fullmer

    I guy can hope can’t he. They both come from the same school and have about the same height and size. I just hope they just have the same work ethic and determination.

  • thomas hmmmm

    Those measurables make me think of JH. Strong and stout frame with speed. 34 BP is excellent. I have no clue what JH’s draft numbers were but I could imagine the weight and strength being about the same.

  • thomas hmmmm

    He isnt in any of those photos with the LB’s working out, so he must not be riding Jame’s coattails to closely.

  • Steve

    Sounds like another guy we have on our team – Spence.

  • Superdriller316

    Is this guy the 2015 Will Johnson story? Seen by Tomlin at the schools pro day a year out of football and signed the next day.

  • John Hinton

    …or where

  • Rick M

    Very true. I hope that he makes it back from his string of injuries and can stay healthy, as Spence was able to do this past year. Experiencing those type of injuries in college is extremely unfair.

  • Matt Manzo

    How many back up OLBs will we carry on the 53?
    Was last year 3? Moats, Jarvis and Garvin?

  • Harold Jacobs

    I don’t see one legitimate starter at OLB on our depth chart….even after re-signing Harrison and Moats. They’re both “situational ” players. That leaves us with Jarvis Jones as our only returning starter with Jones, Lemon, and Green waiting in the midst. I’m cheering for these guys but we better hit it big in the draft at OLB.

  • steeltown

    The encouraging thing is the injuries were early on, he then went on to have two pretty solid yrs to finish off his college career.

  • steeltown

    If you remember, last year we had only 3OLBs period to start the season (Worilds, J.Jones and Moats) I don’t consider Garvin an outside guy, though he’s taken a few snaps he’s far too slight at 221lbs he the lightest LB on roster. Then only after J.Jones injury did they sign Harrison. I don’t think they’ll make the same mistake this year. We’ll carry 4 OLB (J.Jones, Harrison and Moats) the last guy will either be a drafted player or one of the guys on roster like HoJo, Lemon or Green. Plus one (or two) on the squad Team.

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s right! We did only have 3 to start! Crazy! So there is only one spot for the rookie and the other guys to fight over. That’s gonna be intense!

  • steeltown

    That’s what im thinking. One spot. The rest will battle for a spot on the practice squad.

  • JB Burgess

    I think the Steelers are loading up on defensive players now so that they can trade up in the draft.