The NFL Media report, attributed to an unnamed member of the Steelers, regarding the recurring headaches suffered by tight end Ladarius Green raises questions about the player’s future, and regarding his contract.
First, rumors of Green dealing with lingering headaches have been circulating since training camp opened. The person who first mentioned the ongoing headaches to PFT suggested that Green is considering retirement. If the headaches don’t resolve, retirement remains an option.
Second, earlier today the same source told PFT that there’s new speculation that the Steelers may eventually cut Green.
Third, the Steelers could end up recovering (or at least trying to recover) Green’s $4.75 million signing bonus. If he retires, Green definitely owes the money. Even if he’s cut, however, there’s a chance the Steelers could make the same argument the Patriots advanced three years ago regarding defensive end Jonathan Fanene.
This is somewhat alarming news, as it sounds like Green's symptoms from previous concussions are very serious. There's no telling how this is going to play out, but we have moved Green way down our draft board for now. Green will have huge upside in the high-octane Steelers offense if he is healthy, but even if he plays in 2016, he may be one concussion away from hanging up his cleats. Green can no longer be counted on as a fantasy starter, and is in danger of not being draftable at all.