2017 Offseason Questions: Will Green Take The Field In 2017?

The 2016 season is unfortunately over, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are now embarking upon their latest offseason journey, heading back to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, formerly known and still referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility of Heinz Field. While the postseason is now behind us, there is plenty left to discuss.

And there are plenty of questions left unanswered as well. The offseason is just really the beginning phase of the answer-seeking process, which is lasts all the way through the Super Bowl for teams fortunate enough to reach that far.

You can rest assured that we have the questions, and we will be monitoring the developments in the offseason as they develop, and beyond, looking for the answers as we look to evaluate the makeup of the Steelers as they try to navigate their way back to the Super Bowl, after reaching the AFC Championship game last season for the first time in more than half a decade.

Question: Will former Steelers tight end Ladarius Green be given an opportunity to continue his career with another team?

This is only somewhat tangentially related to the Steelers at this point, though a connection still exists that could be meaningful, because if he signs with another team, he would no longer be eligible to receive money for injury.

A day after Pittsburgh released tight end Ladarius Green after just a year with the team, it was reported that he is hoping to continue to play with somebody in 2017. The former Charger who made it just a quarter of the way into a four-year contract with the Steelers doesn’t believe that his playing days are done.

He was participating during the first two phases of offseason workouts with the team at the time that he was released with a failed physical designation, so he hasn’t exactly been sitting on the coach for the past half a year, but whether or not he is physically capable of continuing to play football without severely risk the future of his cognitive health is another matter.

It’s not necessarily uncommon for players to fail a physical and be released, and it is true that some of them end up signing with another team. When it comes to a player dealing with concussions, however, it’s a little more concerning. Some team’s doctors may have differing opinions, but I would hope that one wouldn’t put Green at undue risk.

To be fair, we don’t know for a fact that Green was released due to a failed physical, but it is the logical assumption. He was healthy and playing at the time that he suffered the concussion, which forced him to miss the last five games of the year for the Steelers.

Presumably, the Steelers were not comfortable with what he showed on his baseline cognitive test, believing it serious enough to warrant his release due to a belief that he wouldn’t be able to play. It will be interesting, if he begins to take visits, what the medical reports from other teams will say.

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  • Conserv_58

    The only way any NFL GM worth his salt would even entertain the idea of bringing him in is to have Green subject to a battery of medical tests. If I’m a GM I want no stone unturned. I want his sinuses, his eyes and his cranium thoroughly checked and rechecked.

  • jsteeler

    No. Damaged goods and injury prone. Red flags for any GM/Owner in the NFL.

  • toonasteel

    Quite the irrelevant question now for Steelers fans moving ahead to actual Steeler-related topics “as we look to evaluate the makeup of the Steelers as they try to navigate their way back to the Super Bowl”

  • John Bennett

    No relevance to the Steelers now. That ship has sailed.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I see a team with decent cap space going hella cheap on Green for a miniscule risk.

  • blue

    Green is one hit away from sitting on the couch.

  • steelburg

    Green is one hit away from giving the NFL a real life Apollo Creed scene you know when Drago hit him one to many times in the head. I remember some people saying last year that Green shouldn’t retire if he doesn’t want to something to that effect. But sometimes you need to protect guys from themselves. And for people who don’t know how this thing started for Green go back and look at the hit a few years ago he took in the Patriots game look it up. This guy needs to retire no if ands or buts about it.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Maybe the Steelers re-sign him to a vet minimum contract if he is still available after game #1, that way his contract is not guaranteed.

  • VaDave

    And his foot/ankle. From what I saw of him last year, he was running a good bit slower than when he was in San Diego. yeah the money is nice, but dang, he’s got a lot of life to live after the NFL. Give it up Mr. Green for your own sake.

  • VaDave

    No doubt. I had the same thoughts about Troy Palamalu who had a significant concussion history of his own.

  • walter

    If he tells other teams he was released for sinus issues, then maybe he gets signed and plays a few more games.

  • walter

    I really thought the guy would recover and play. But the damage may have been done before he became a Steeler. At this point I think its best to be honest upfront with any future team and most important to be honest with himself if he wants any chance of recovery. The only part that ever bothered me about this guy was the dishonesty. I hope he is honest with himself, the doctors, his new team/ teammates, enjoys his money and has a full recovery before attempting another comeback..

  • LucasY59

    he should retire, no question, the risk of injury is not worth it (for him or a team)