Free-agent tight end Ladarius Green has agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Steelers after four seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
It's a four-year, $20 million contract, with $4.75 million guaranteed, per Yates.
The talented 25-year-old had career-high totals of 37 receptions for 429 yards and four touchdowns in 2015.
The Steelers had need at the tight end position after veteran Heath Miller's retirement in February. Green has immense upside but has yet to put it all together or be as consistent as the Chargers would have liked.
He won't have the benefit of being mentored by Miller, but Green did have time during his stint in San Diego to learn from a man who helped revolutionize his position in Antonio Gates. That should prepare him well for what's likely to be starting role in an explosive Pittsburgh offense.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler weighed in on Green and how he'd fit with his new prospective team:
Signing Ladarius Green about more than additional playmaking -- blocking TEs crucial for this offense. Steelers feel Green a good blocker— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 9, 2016
Chris Trapasso of NFL.com had a fitting reaction to the situation:
Opponents already have to account for elite quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has arguably the best receiver in the game in Antonio Brown at his disposal. Freakish athlete Martavis Bryant has averaged 17.3 yards per catch over his first two seasons and only figures to get better.
Combine that with the pass-catching prowess of running back Le'Veon Bell (83 receptions in 2014) and Pittsburgh's passing attack looks downright scary on paper. Adding someone like Green to the fold figures to make it all the more difficult for defenses to stop Big Ben and Co.
Since so many targets will be delegated to Brown, Bryant and even Markus Wheaton, the monster numbers may not come for Green. The good news is there won't be pressure for him to be a go-to guy due to the star-studded cast the Steelers already boast.