Report: Former Steelers TE Ladarius Green Still Hopes To Play In 2017


The Pittsburgh Steelers released tight end Ladarius Green with the failed physical designation on Thursday and apparently he still hopes to resume his NFL career.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Green told a player following his Thursday release that he’s hoping to sign with a team as a free agent and play this season. We can only assume that the player Green told was one of his former Steelers teammates as Fowler didn’t clarify.


The fact that Green was waived with the failed physical designation easily leads one to believe that he still might very well have some sort of post-concussion-related issues. There were, however, pictures of Green on the Steelers website recently showing him taking part in some conditioning drills with his now former teammates.

Assuming Green does indeed still want to play, it will be interesting to see if any other teams show interest in him. Should that wind up being the case, it’s hard to imagine that Green would be offered a lucrative deal and definitely not anything close to the $5 million he was scheduled to earn from the Steelers in 2017.

Green is a huge risk at this point considering his concussion history, but with that said, we’ve seen first-hand the kind of production he’s capable of whenever he is on the field.

Regardless of what ultimately happens with Green moving forward, the Steelers have made their decision to move on from him after just one season in which he earned $6 million for what turned out to be six games played in.

Green caught 18 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown for the Steelers after missing the first half of the season on the team’s Reserve/PUP list. The former San Diego Chargers draft pick signed a four-year, $20 million free agent contract with the Steelers at the start of the 2016 signing period.

  • Rocksolid20

    If he ends up playing in NE , I’ll never watch NFL again .

  • walter

    Mysteries still surround Mr Green. He says he wants to play but he doesnt argue with his doctors. He says he is not concerned or worried about past concussions. I guess we will eventually get more information when somebody signs him. I feel we are missing something here. A big question I have is did he fail or pass a concussion test when the Steelers first signed him?

  • walter

    Can you imagine a healthy Green and Gronk?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I thought this as well.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    😭😭😭
    Why can’t he be healthy and play for us?
    If he didn’t get blasted in the head we could possibly won against New England. 😔

  • RickM

    My guess is his concussion symptoms will be fully gone when he sits down to negotiate with another team. Good luck to whatever team pays him.

  • RickM

    You do wonder if there was any offer from him to maybe re-negotiate his deal. Likely not I guess. It’s all pretty murky.

  • jconeoone C

    I can’t think about this……

  • D.j. Reynolds

    I saw this one coming!

  • D.j. Reynolds

    It could be us for far less money-doubt it though.

    I thought this might be coming with his practicing recently as we were discussing earlier.

  • Ni mo

    Nasty

  • RickM

    As long as he doesn’t physically exert himself with football drills the symptoms will go away. But the minute he starts them again, the same thing could happen. I assume he failed the Steelers’ physical because he reported concussion symptoms again. It’s awfully difficult for any team to have confidence in him, but someone will sign him for not a lot as you say.

  • Steel Squirrel

    This is absolutely ridiculous! What an idiot. If he’s really this bad off, he’d be insane not to hang it up. I don’t know whether to hate him or pity him.

  • Steeldog22

    For one play. Yes.

  • Jason Vancil

    They acquired Dwayne Allen to pair with Gronk. He is about the same age as Green. Doubt they have interest.

  • Dave

    Why pity a scammer? He told Tomlin and Colbert that he had no concussion symptoms, that it was sinus related. Cmon peoples you saw him last year in preseason, he didn’t want to play. The man has no heart for football, it’s all about lining his pockets. He’s a POS!!!!

  • pittsburghjoe

    Yeah, Green and Gronk… So Gronk will show Green how to crush a beer can on his head and well, you all know the story from there. Uh, cough, cough, wink, wink… let the ankle injuries begin.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Wow, that’s a great imagination you have there… Lets imagine a healthy and younger AP while we are at it.

  • S.T.

    Under other circumstances, you would see a team release an overpaid player with the possible intent to re-sign him for less money. Although the thought has crossed my mind, it may be too far into my Friday night activities to think straight, so someone else please confirm for me that they wouldn’t have released him to resign him for less money on a more team-friendly deal, because they’ve already obligated themselves to the $2.5(ish) hit for the cut. Right? Or could they bring him back? Not that I’m aware of any precedent for that sort of thing.

  • ND_Steel

    Not that I really want him back and go thru 2016 again, but is there any chance he signs back with the Steelers? Could they just be ‘letting him test the market if he indeed would not take a pay cut’?

  • ND_Steel

    Maybe his way of getting out of hard work is “I’ve got a headache”…or better yet “sinus problems”

  • Matt Manzo

    I was thinking the same thing.

  • gdeuce

    he failed his physical, he is currently not healthy enough to sign with any team

  • Brenton deed

    If it’s concussions that failed him then he’s nuts. If he ends up half brain dead he’ll have a hard time suing the NFL … it’d have to be the next team that takes him on knowing this history.

  • Conserv_58

    He may want to play, but good luck finding a team that will want to sign him knowing what they’ve learned from his time with the Steelers.

  • Conserv_58

    That’s not going to happen. Apparently all the shots to his brittle cranium has made Green delusional.

  • kakello34

    Just like when Blount went up there and became a model citizen. Green will suddenly be able to take huge illegal hits to the head and jump right up because its the Patriots, that’s why

  • Douglas Andrews

    Steelers one year vet minimum once he passes his physical?

  • ATL96STEELER

    The Steelers had too much invested to play hide and seek again with Green. The players have physicals as part of OTAs, that’s typically the 1st time the team DRs have access to the players after their exit interviews…if you noted, Spaeth, Warren and now Green were all released around the same time.

    Short answer, yes, he failed some part of his physical…what part, I don’t know.

    Due to the nature of his injury, it’s not really up to a team, he’s going to have to clear league concussion guidelines. If he does, another team might sign him, but not until then.

  • Boss

    Best of luck to him. I hope he makes a wise decision regarding hid long-term health.

  • Ace

    The only reason I can see the PS releasing him is because he is still showing some sort of symptoms from the concussion he took in December. So 5 months later almost to the day he is still not fully recovered. And he thinks he is going to play again? I’m starting to lean away from the thought that the PS are kinda stupid with this stuff and lean toward thinking Green might be a scam artist/delusional. I’m really having a hard time figuring out what is really going on here. If he ends up getting signed and contributes to a team this site is going to melt down.

  • nutty32

    Easy to do when Giselle Bunchen is apparently the concussion czar in New England.

  • nutty32

    Makes sense. Isn’t it that if a Vet signs after a certain date (think it was week 1 or 2), none of the contract is guaranteed, in essence making it a week-to-week signing? I’d try out Green on a week-to-week basis if given the option.

  • Lee Foo Young

    Brandon Boykin still wanted to play in 2016. It is hard for these athletes, esp at a young age, to give it up because of injury.

  • SilverSteel

    I can’t even believe he is saying this. He hasn’t been able to play for months. If he could, KC likes him and he would stay. He is starting to sound like a head case. No pun intended.

  • William Weaver

    Why not a one year vet minimum with no guarantee. Prove it. I would offer that in Pittsburgh but maybe they did like you said.