How much money did the Pittsburgh Steelers save, ‘waste’ on Ladarius Green?
Long-plagued by injury, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green was released on Thursday with a failed physical designation, the team announced.
His time in Pittsburgh began with what was the biggest free agency splash – the Steelers had made since they signed Mike Mitchell in 2014. Though that span officially ended on Thursday, it effectively finished in Week 16, when he absorbed a blow to the head over the middle.
He remained in concussion protocol for the remainder of the season. Green had also reportedly suffered multiple concussions San Diego. And while he missed the the first eight games of the 2016 campaign, he and Mike Tomlin maintained that it was due to complications from offseason ankle surgery.
Regardless, his Thursday release saves the Steelers both real money and cap space, while costing them some of both, too.
The four year, $20-million price tag weighed heavily on him in the minds of many fans. But the reality of an NFL contract is more complicated and less costly than that.
Here’s a look at how much the Steelers spent and saved in both real money and salary cap costs, and why:
Green’s contract was backloaded salary-wise. He got a $4.75 million signing bonus, but his salary was due to rise from $1.25 million in 2016 to $5 million in 2017 before dipping to $4.5 million in the final two years of his deal.