In his first press conference with reporters since the season has ended, Kevin Colbert indicated tight end Ladarius Green is expected to be back in 2017.
The news was first reported by the Trib’s Joe Rutter.
Colbert also indicated TE Ladarius Green will be back next season. Needs to pass physical before offseason workouts begin.
— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) February 16, 2017
Yesterday, Ed Bouchette said he expected Green to return but of course, hearing it confirmed from the general manager is worth following up on.
Green was recovering from another concussion suffered late in the regular season against the Cincinnati Bengals, at least the third known concussion he’s suffered over the past two seasons. He finished the year with 18 catches for 304 yards and one touchdown. That does come out to a healthy 16.9 yards per catch. For Colbert, that production is what the Steelers envisioned when they signed him.
From Penn Live’s Jacob Klinger.
The Steelers "absolutely" got what they bought in Ladarius Green, Kevin Colbert said.
— Jacob Klinger (@Jacob_Klinger_) February 16, 2017
As Colbert indicated, Green will have to pass a physical to be cleared for the 2017 season. It’s not known if his concussion symptoms have passed by now. Green had said he was aiming to return for the Super Bowl had the Steelers beat the New England Patriots in the Title Game.
Despite their level of confidence, it seems difficult to assume trust in Green going forward and could lead the Steelers to draft a tight end at some point this year.