Steelers free agency is in full swing and that mean some players will stay and others will go.
Steelers season never truly ends for Steeler Nation so while the offseason starts to heat up we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Friday, Mar. 11th.
Newly signed tight end Ladarius Green visited Steelers headquarters on Thursday to sign his four-year, $20 million contract. Teresa Varley tells us that Green, at 6-6, 250-pound former Chargers tight end goes by the nickname of Peewee thanks to his height in his youth before he obviously hit a growth spurt.
Peewee will be wearing No. 80 so we should be looking forward to watching No. 7 connect with No. 80 for 7 points this season. Varley got Green’s thoughts about meeting up with his new quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.
"“He’s a tough guy, he is a resilient guy, and he is an amazing quarterback. I haven’t met him yet, but I am excited. Everybody knows who he is and I am excited.” – Ladarius Green"
The Steelers couldn’t come to terms with tackle Kelvin Beachum before the Wednesday afternoon deadline so he became an unrestricted free agent. He’s free to sign with another team but there is still an option that he could return to the Steelers. And guess who comes calling when a Steeler is a free agent.
They are the absolute worst. It’s hard to judge at this point whether Beachum is going to re-sign with the Steelers or not.
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He’s a high rated free agent but coming off of an ACL injury and still being available he obviously isn’t getting the ridiculously overpay offers that you see in the first day of free agency. That doesn’t mean those still won’t happen, though.
Full court press
The Steelers typically don’t sign a lot of outside free agents, this isn’t news to anyone. So when they do make a signing, especially lately, it’s been a methodical, deliberate play to improve some area of the team.
Ray Fittipaldo of the PPG explains that the Steelers went all out to get tight end Ladarius Green to sign with the Black & Gold.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and GM Kevin Colbert actually flew down to meet with Green in Pensacola, Florida to convince him to sign with Pittsburgh. Obviously impressed by the gesture and enticed with the thought of being a part of an already loaded offense Green said the choice was easy to make.