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NFL Roster Moves For May 18

Never forget that careers can either be kickstarted or killed at any time.

NFL hopefuls learn this harsh lesson on almost a daily basis. It doesn’t matter if the season is in full swing or if teams are preparing for Organized Team Activities. Players just have to be prepared for sudden changes, whether they are good or bad.

The Keystone State was the perfect example of this on Thursday as one player found a home, at least for one season, while another lost his job. Let’s start the recap with a noticeably more positive situation in Philadelphia.

LeGarrette Blount is Officially an Eagle

After months of almost no interactions with teams, former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has found a home in the NFC East. Interestingly enough, 2016’s leader in rushing touchdowns (18) didn’t actually end up with the New York Giants after the team showed major interest. Instead, Blount signed a one-year contract with the Eagles and essentially guaranteed Ryan Matthews’ release. NJ.com has since reported that Blount chose the Eagles based on the fact that they are building something special with Carson Wentz.

 

Blount should immediately come in and serve as the early-down back in Philly, wearing down defenses and providing balance for the passing game. Matthews will likely be gone by the time the season arrives, leaving Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood as his backups.

Pittsburgh Releases Ladarius Green

Last offseason, the Steelers provided excitement and hopes for even more offense when the team signed tight end Ladarius Green to a four-year, $20 million contract. The hope at the time was that Green would replace a retired Heath Miller and serve as a dangerous weapon up the seam. However, the former Chargers tight end only played in six games after missing time with multiple injuries and concussion issues. The decision to release Green was finalized this week as he failed a critical physical. Green’s final stat line with the Steelers was 18 receptions for 304 yards and one touchdown.

Cutting Green means that Pittsburgh will now begin searching once again for a starting tight end. Jesse James (39 receptions, 338 yards, three touchdowns in 2016) will be the new starter for the moment with Xavier Grimble and David Johnson serving as his backups. Expect the Steelers to possibly add another free agent as Training Camp draws closer. One possible option could be former Browns tight end Gary Barnidge, who is only one season removed from a 1000-yard, nine touchdown season. 

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