Steelers release TE Green, LS Warren after failed physicals


The veteran tight end battled ankle and lingering symptoms of a head injury since signing with the club last offseason, which led to his release.

Green broke out in the Steelers' Week 13 win against the New York Giants, catching six passes for a career-high 110 yards and a touchdown.

The Steelers also like the potential of young tight end Xavier Grimble, and they still have David Johnson as a blocking tight end. Parting ways with Green is expected to cost the Steelers $3.5 million in dead money.

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The Steelers had the chance to soften the financial blow of Green's release by designating him a post-June 1 cut, however recent updates to the National Football League transaction report suggest they did not go that route. Warren's tenure with the team, 11 years, and the size of his most recent contract extension in early 2017, reportedly around $1 million, suggest the Steelers are aware of the position's significance.

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With the 2017 NFL Draft in the rear view mirror, here are some tight ends the Steelers could target who are still available on the free agent market. He continued to have injury issues and after suffering a concussion against the Dallas Cowboys his 2016 season was over. Linebacker James Harrison - the only player older than Warren on the Steelers last season - first played for the Steelers in 2002 but spent a season each with Baltimore and Cincinnati over the years before retuning each time. He caught four touchdowns with 429 receiving yards in his final season with the Chargers, primarily playing behind Antonio Gates. He's been with the Steelers longer than all but three members of the coaching staff, including 11th-year head coach Mike Tomlin.