Ladarius Green is heading for a fresh start on a perennial NFL playoff team.
Ahtyba Rubin has secured his future on another one.
The two Pensacola area players were part of a busy week in NFL transactions, after Green, a Washington High grad, agreed to join the Pittsburgh Steelers and Rubin, an Escambia High grad, received a new contract Tuesday to stay with the Seattle Seahawks.
Green, whose four-year career has been with the San Diego Chargers, will be formally signed by the Steelers this week pending completion of a physical, The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Green is coming off his most productive season with 37 catches last year for 429 yards and four touchdowns.
With Steelers veteran tight end star Heath Miller retiring, it opens an opportunity for Green to become part of a talented receiving corps the Steelers have assembled. The former Louisiana-Lafayette star was a fourth-round pick by the Chargers, but has been hampered by injuries in the early part of his career.
Rubin, 29, who is preparing for his ninth NFL season as a defensive tackle, was signed to a three-year contract with the Seahawks worth a reported $12 million, according to several media outlets.
After seven years with the Cleveland Browns, where he was a mainstay on their defense, Rubin finally got his chance to experience a winning team and chase a Super Bowl dream last season. He joined Gulf Breeze High grad Doug Baldwin, the Seahawks top receiver, to give the Pensacola area two connections on a team that has been elite for several NFL seasons.
He had 36 tackles and played 47.8 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. He was a key part of why the Seahawks defense limited opponents to 3.6 yards per carry.
Rubin had one of his biggest games amid the Seahawks playoff win against the Minnesota Vikings amid the third coldest temperatures for an NFL game in history. The 325-pound Rubin hustled downfield to recover an Adrian Peterson fumble that led to the go-ahead points.
He also stood out the following week in the Seahawks loss to the Carolina Panthers Jan. 17 in the NFL Divisional Playoffs.
“You can’t move the dude, and he pursues the football really well,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll during a radio interview on 710 ESPN-Seattle late last season. “I think he’s been the most effective guy playing three-technique for us that we’ve had, and most consistent.
“He just won’t budge. The harder it gets, the tougher he gets, and the more he isn’t going to move anywhere.”