Are The Bengals Trading A.J. Green To The Packers or Patriots?
Are the Cincinnati Bengals trading A.J. Green to the Green Bay Packers or New England Patriots?
Green, 31, has not played this year while rehabilitating an injury.
Coincidentally, Green also happens to be in the final year of his contract and reportedly has his sights set on greener pastures.
With the trade deadline quickly approaching and Cincinnati boasting a winless record through six games, many are wondering whether the worst team in the AFC North will make a move.
For what it is worth, head coach Zac Taylor has said that the team is not interested in dealing Green.
“I’ve heard the speculation,” he said. “We are not trading that guy.”
Of course, the Jacksonville Jaguars said the same thing about trading Jalen Ramsey – right up until the moment the Los Angeles Rams offered up multiple first rounders for him.
Until Oct. 29 comes and goes, everyone is tradeable – Green included.
Green, for his part, seems content either way.
“I’m prepared for anything,” he told reporters.
“A trade’s not going to change who I am. I’m still going to play. I’m still going to be A.J.”
If the Bengals do move Green, the Patriots and Packers appear to be the destinations getting the most buzz as of this time.
While appearing on ESPN this week, Ryan Clark indicated that New England would make a lot of sense for Green.
“Listen, I think a guy like A.J. Green is a fit anywhere,” he said Tuesday on NFL Live.
“When you look at a team like the New England Patriots — I mention them one, because they have a need.
“Two, the Patriots do things like this. They want to make their team better as the season progresses,” he continued.
“Now, the rest of the league would be sick about it, but if you can add a guy like A.J. Green with Tom Brady, we’ve seen what he’s done when he has a No. 1 pass-catcher whether it’s Randy Moss, Rob Gronkowski.
“You add A.J. Green, it’s going to get really scary for a lot of teams that have to face the Patriots.”
Clark was not alone in that assessment. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio also described a potential Green-to-England transaction as “the ultimate Bill Belichick move.”
Not everyone believes that Green should land with the Patriots, though.
Florio’s Pro Football Talk co-host, Chris Simms, said he would prefer to see Green in a Packers uniform besides Aaron Rodgers.
“OK, jeez. Why? Screw the Patriots. They got everything,” he said Wednesday.
“They got Edelman, they got Josh Gordon — they’re good.
“Every time I watch film there’s guys wide open. They’re open, so they don’t need him.
“I want to see A.J. Green traded, too, but I want him to go to Green Bay,” he continued.
“They need him. Go to Green Bay, OK?
“Aaron Rodgers and A.J. Green, that would be fun to watch.
“They got (Marquez) Valdes-Scantling, they got “We don’t know your name” No. 81 who drops balls. That would be awesome.”
Even before Davante Adams’ injury, Green Bay was very thin at wide receiver.
A Pro Bowler like Green would obviously be huge for the offense, but it remains to be seen if the Packers have the pieces necessary to make a move like this happen.
Where will Green ultimately end up?
We should find out at some point in the next two weeks.