"We would have liked to have kept Ladarius, but it just didn't work out," general manager Tom Telesco told the team's official website. "He is going to a really good situation in Pittsburgh with Heath Miller retiring, and he will probably step in as the number one guy for them. But there were only a small amount of tight ends available in free agency this year, and a lot of them re-signed with their own teams."
The Chargers on Monday also picked up Jeff Cumberland, but the former Jets tight end has never caught more than 29 passes in a season. With Antonio Gates, Sean McGrath, Asante Cleveland and Tim Semisch under contract, San Diego has plenty of bodies at the position. Still, with Gates turning 36 in June, Telesco isn't ruling out finding another pass-catching weapon to fill Green's shoes.
"It's only early April and we open up the weekend after Labor Day," Telesco said. "There is not a single team in the league who has their roster set right now. There is no team that looks at their roster right now and says they are ready to play opening day. Tight end is a position we know we still need to do some work with, but we have plenty of time to get that done."