Warren, one of the Steelers' few remaining links to their Super Bowl XL win, was released with the designation of "failed physical". Although fans had speculated Green simply wasn't right in 2016, especially after his concussions, the team now finds themselves potentially searching for a need at the tight end position.
Steelers Nation was stunned days ago when the team made a decision to cut ties with tight end Ladarius Green. Here's hoping he's able to get healthy going forward. By discovering how defenses tended to guard Green, the Steelers could alter playcalling as the game went on to take advantage of mismatches.
But Warren, 35, had dealt with knee issues this offseason and was unable to pass the team's physical, something the team knew might be an issue, prompting the Steelers to select long snapper Colin Holba in the sixth round of last month's draft.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said before the draft that the team had no update on Green's status, adding that it would not affect the organization's plans.
Green had ankle surgery last March and did not play his first game with the Steelers until Week 10 of the regular season. Even after signing a four-year $20 million contract, Green already had all of his guaranteed money paid out.
Warren originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent back in 2005.
Former Penn State tight end Jesse James has developed into the starter for Pittsburgh, with David Johnson working behind him. Retirement rumors swirled around the tight end after it was reported that he was having headaches.
In five seasons since entering the league as a fourth-round pick in 2012, Green has 95 receptions for 1,391 yards and eight touchdowns in 53 games. It pains me to say this in a way because we saw some the potential that the tight end could bring to the Steelers offense.