PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Steelers have their replacement for retired tight end Heath Miller.
The Steelers signed former San Diego tight end Ladarius Green to a four-year deal on Thursday, tasking him with taking over for the steady Miller, who called it a career last month.
The 25-year-old Green is coming off a career year with the Chargers in 2015 in which he set personal bests in receptions (37), yards receiving (429) and touchdown receptions (4) while playing splitting time with Antonio Gates. The deal is worth a $20 million and is the rare free agency splurge for the Steelers, who typically avoid opening the checkbook for players from outside their system.
Green is a capable blocker and his versatility as a receiver made him attractive to the Steelers.