A.J. Green hasn’t heard about a trade, but “prepared for anything”

AP

Wide receiver A.J. Green said recently that he hopes to spend his entire career with the Bengals, but the team’s 0-5 record and Green’s expiring contract have led some to wonder if a trade might be a possibility.

Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick weighed in on that possibility this week and cautioned that “it’s going to fall apart” if Green were dealt away. It’s fair to wonder how you’d notice things fell apart for a winless team, but it’s clearly seems like something’s in the air at the moment.

Green insists that it isn’t in the air around him, however.

“I tell everybody I haven’t heard anything,” Green said, via the team’s website. “I don’t fantasize about anything like that. I’m just trying to get healthy and go from there. I’m prepared for anything. A trade’s not going to change who I am. I’m still going to play. I’m still going to be A.J.”

One complication to both trading Green and getting something out of him in Cincinnati is the ankle injury that’s kept him off the field since late July. Green’s already been ruled out for this week, but ran and cut at full speed for the first time since being injured on Wednesday so a return may not be that far off regardless of what uniform he’ll be wearing when he makes it.

66 responses to “A.J. Green hasn’t heard about a trade, but “prepared for anything”

  1. If the Bengals can get a high draft pick for him. Go for it. Dalton has given up & so has the team.

  2. When AJ is healthy, he’s a top tier receiver. He’s been adamant that he wants to stay, and that money isn’t an issue… this is not the kind of guy Mike Brown parts with.

  3. Doubt he get’s traded. He’s the most valuable to the Bengals, and I doubt they’d get anything more than a 3rd round pick for him. He’s getting older and has injury concerns, plus no contract for next year.

  4. He’s 31 and has been injured three of the last four years (counting this year), missing 18 games in 3+ seasons. He also doesn’t have Antonio Brown like numbers though they are the same age. I don’t see the Bengals trading him, and certainly not to NE. The Raiders need a number 1 WR.

  5. Aaaaaaaaand cue up the always tired ….. [insert team] (Patriots) on line 1! Comments.

  6. Reason for trade speculation: When you take emotions out of it, it makes sense for everyone.
    Reason to shut down trade speculation immediately: Mike Brown.

  7. The guy should still have 4 or 5 good seasons left in him if his body holds up. I don’t think there’s a team in the league that wouldn’t like to have him. That being said, he has quite the extensive injury history so I don’t know if anyone gives up what the Bengals would ask for him.

  8. He is no longer worth a high draft choice. I would not be surprised if he goes for more than a fourth-round pick. He is old and hurt, old and hurt receivers don’t go for first or second-round picks. Bengals might have to eat some salary in order to trade him.

  9. I think you could easily swap out “prepared” for “hoping” in that headline and be accurate. Can you imagine how excited he must be at the thought of parole from a bottom-dwelling franchise and trash heap city like Cincinnati? I mean, even a hole of a city like Pittsburgh seems less horrible by comparison.

  10. Greens commitment to his team and city is both commendable and beautiful to see. But the sad fact is that there is a chance of this being a situation where the Bengals are hurting themselves if they don’t trade him for what they need to fix their bigger problems.

    Regarding the rumors I have read about the Patriots, this Pats fan hopes not. Of course Green (if healthy) would be a great addition. But looking at where that offense stands as a whole I think that IF (not a small if) they found a way to fit another impact player under their cap I would rather that impact was in shoring up the line. I think if you got good solid protection in front of Brady he could tear up the league with the weapons he has already. And I at the same time think that if they don’t tighten that line they are vulnerable regardless of what additional weapons they picked up. No knock on Green, he is a beast.

  11. By all accounts, he is a stand-up guy that is the model player. At the same time, if you keep him, you are committing to paying top dollar for a declining player with a significant run of lower body injuries.

    Contrary to popular belief, they have had an organizational plan. They have tried to rebuild around the 2015 core through the draft and have been wildly unsuccessful (mostly due to giant misses on the o-line and mismanagement of Zeitler/Whitworth free agency). That core is now aged and the poor draft classes of the past several years have failed to generate a new core on the fly.

    This team won’t leverage free agency as a major tool for rebuilding. Nor should they. That time was 3-4 years ago when they had a viable core with runway. Now, they don’t need finishing pieces in free agency, they are too far away from being good for that to make sense. They need to restock the shelves through draft capital. Trading AJ Green along with the other guys in that cohort with value (Atkins, Dunlap) provides a significant amount of draft capital to hopefully open a new window around 2021.

    Of course, single biggest decision coming isn’t AJ Green. It’s what to do about Andy Dalton and the QB situation. If they lose hard this year and are staring at a top 5 pick, I think the decision is made for them, but with Mike Brown we just never know.

  12. I really dislike the Patriots but the organization just know how to obtain aging vets like this. They may give up a 2nd or even a 1st and SOMEHOW recoup that lost pick during the off-season or at the trade deadline. They know how to run a tight business model.

  13. Supposedly the Raiders offered a 3 but the Bungals wanted a 2, which is too much considering his age and injury history.

  14. Green Bay would be a great landing spot considering the need for a vet receiver. Especially if Adams turf toe lingers.

  15. Will any of these players be traded before the deadline? Gotta be at least 1 or 2, no?

    Jalen Ramsay
    AJ Green
    Patrick Peterson
    Stefon Diggs
    Trent Williams
    Emmanuel Sanders
    Chris Harris Jr
    Kenyan Drake

  16. Unless they take him for a mid round pick (4 or 5) I don’t see it happening.

    He’s carrying a hefty salary, hasn’t played at all since last year, and hardly practiced since July, he’s on the wrong side of 30 (with an extensive injury history), would have to get acclimated to a new team/offense/qb for the first time since his rookie year, and at the end of the season, you have to work out a new deal with him.

  17. He deserves better and what better way than to pair him with another loyal, classy player, QB Philip Rivers. Having AJ Green alongside with KA13 (Keenan Allen), and Mike Williams would make them the most feared WRs in the league and a nightmare for any secondary in the league.

  18. As mediocre as the AFC North is this year, I still do not see the Bengals competing for the division crown. That being the case, unless they’re going to resign him or franchise him, they should look to get the best possible deal. It’s a one year (less than 3/4 at this point) rental, so they wouldn’t get much – maybe a third rounder. Given that he’s still injured, even that may be a little high.

  19. Some way, some how, you know he’s going to end up in New England. As a niner fan I’d take him but the asking price might be too much.

  20. The Pats don’t have the cap room thanks to the wasted $5.7 million on AB so they would have to redo several contracts, look for the Eagles, Seahawks, Rams or Raiders to make a last day offer. They should trade him along with any other older player like Geno’s because the Bengals really need to purge their roster and since Cincinnati is not a hotbed for the better free agents they need to rebuild through the draft.

  21. Although I’d hate to see him go, the team does indeed need the draft picks for him. All the guys posting on MB runs the team are on something. You only know what you hear on TV. He’s really old and doesn’t run anything now days. IMO they should draft a QB and let Dalton mentor the new guy next year. Load up on picks and pray they hit on a few. We also need to pray that the injured guys they drafted this year and last really pay off soon. If those things happen, we have a chance to see what the new coaching staff can do. With this current roster there isn’t much to be excited about. And, by the way, Kirkpatrick is quite expendable. I don’t really care what he thinks about the team trading Green

  22. Why would they let him go for anything but a 3rd or better draft pick, if they keep him but don’t re-sign him they will get a 3rd round comp pick…

  23. As a Patriots fan I would much rather trade for Trent Williams than anyone else. AJ Green is a really top draw receiver but he is injured and I am not sure he would fit in well with the Patriots offence (Remember Chad Johnson?)

  24. vottorific says:

    October 10, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Judging by everyone that wants him, his value is off the charts! Two number ones, or don’t bother.

    That would be overplaying your hand. 2 ones is not happening. Don’t be Jackie Martling from the Stern show and wind up with nothing at all.

  25. PEOPLE, PAY ATTENTION TO HOW FA WORKS.
    The Bengals will trade him for NOTHING less than a 2nd rounder. If Cincinnati chooses not to resign him in the offseason & he goes elsewhere, they get s 3rd rounder as compensation. If your team wants him….Better anti-up a 2nd & 3rd…..AT LEAST!!!!

  26. As a Patriots fan I would much rather trade for Trent Williams than anyone else. AJ Green is a really top draw receiver but he is injured and I am not sure he would fit in well with the Patriots offence (Remember Chad Johnson?)

    Trust me, AJ Green would be a PERFECT fit in NE. Zero ego whatsoever, just goes in and works. Completely understand idea of wanting Trent Williams, but if they get AJ it’ll be a fantastic match. I personally would love to see it because it’d be great for AJ to flourish and get his just due as a great player.

  27. The Bengals need to put aside any emotional attachment to this player and come to the correct conclusion that a trade is in everyone’s best interest.

    If they traded him to a team on the cusp of competing or is already a Superbowl contender, then the other team benefits and Green is able to have a legit shot at getting a SB ring.

    If the other team is a WR away from contending or winning a SB then Green makes sense and a 3rd round pick is of little sacrifice for that opportunity.

    The Bengals are a far cry away from a player or two to change their current trend, so they need to start gathering as many picks as possible, as clearly a rebuild that includes securing the services of a young talented QB is upon that team. A 3rd round pick could be a substantial asset in either drafting a young talented player or as additional trade capital to move up to draft a QB.

    It simply doesn’t make sense for Cinny to hold onto Green, he is going to be an aging veteran on a team going through a youth driven rebuild. They need to pull the trigger sooner than later, with it is a trade to New England (due to retirement of Gronk), Philadelphia (due to injury to Jackson), San Fran, Seattle, etc.

  28. You don’t get an “automatic” 3rd round compensatory pick for him after this year. It’s a formula. You only get the pick if you lose more top free agents than you sign. Very few teams are great at the compensatory pick game, the Patriots are MASTERS at it. I could see the Patriots giving up a second round pick, because you KNOW they would get a third round compensatory pick back. Heck, I could see the Patriots dealing a fourth rounder and getting a third round compensatory pick back. they are that good at the game.

  29. vottorific says:

    October 10, 2019 at 10:59 am

    The Bengals will pay him. Theres no doubt. So, it’s two number ones, or don’t call.

    Fine. When the phone never rings that will be 31 teams laughing at that price.

  30. If the other team is a WR away from contending or winning a SB then Green makes sense and a 3rd round pick is of little sacrifice for that opportunity.
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    The Bengals won’t dump him for a 3rd rounder.

    They can get a 3rd rounder as a comp pick simply by letting him leave in free agency.

  31. Well…two weeks ago I would have said the Bills were in the mix but after last week’s emergence of Duke Williams (“He’s the Duke of New York. He’s A #1!),I’m not so sure now.

  32. Looking at teams with superstar receivers, such as Cleveland and Atlanta and compare their win-loss records with teams like New England and Frisco, people should question whether it is a good idea to spend so much on a single WR. The Vegas Raiders do not have Antonio Brown but they have a better record than Arizona with Larry Fitzgerald. It may be better to spread the ball around among several good wide receivers instead of trying to force the ball to a double covered superstar.

  33. (1) Pat’s welcome AB back
    (2) Pat’s trade AB with a 2nd & 5th round picks to the Bengals for AJ Green & Eifert
    Pat’s get a really good WR (maybe a STAR again with Brady), a viable pass cathcing TE (who they are reportedly trying to trade for). AJ and Eifert fit the BB mold and have never played with anything other than an average (at best) QB and Coach. Bengals get a guy that fits their mold in AB (TURDBURGLAR), and AB gets what he deserves by having to play in Cincy. It’s a win win for everyone!

  34. AJ has talked about wanting to finish his career with The Bengals as recently as last week. IF that’s the case The Bengals should consider a fair but not extreme contract extension. The team is better with him here, there’s no 1st round draft pick that can change that in the next year or two. However, if he’s not willing to sign long term for a fairly team friendly deal (And I wouldn’t if I were him), I hope they can find a contender that wants him for a first. I would instantly become a fan of whatever team has AJ Green and would love to see him get a Super Bowl. Pats, Packers or Saints would be my choice.

  35. sfsaintsfan says:
    October 10, 2019 at 11:02 am
    You don’t get an “automatic” 3rd round compensatory pick for him after this year. It’s a formula. You only get the pick if you lose more top free agents than you sign. Very few teams are great at the compensatory pick game, the Patriots are MASTERS at it. I could see the Patriots giving up a second round pick, because you KNOW they would get a third round compensatory pick back. Heck, I could see the Patriots dealing a fourth rounder and getting a third round compensatory pick back. they are that good at the game.
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    Man you don’t know the Bengals. They will not sign anyone that hurts their compensatory formula. The Pats may have a lot of picks, but they’ll go sign a guy that helps them win. The Bengals will absolutely not give up those picks, they are masters at finding cheap barely good enough to play in the NFL talent.

  36. Note***the trade is worth a 2nd and 5th round pcik because AB becomes Mike Browns problem. With Brady throwing to AJ and Tyler the chances they remain healthy greatly increase. AJ got hurt playing on an unplayable surface that the Bengals had no business palying on. Tyler Boyd described it as dirt, pebbles and sticks….AJ isnt neccessarily injury prone, he has to expose himself too often to catch balls from Dalton….this is also true of Eifert.

  37. AJ Green has had a Hall of Fame career to this point. He’s not in if he doesn’t keep it up for awhile longer, and he probably needs to play in some big games to bolster his case. If he gets in, it’s probably with a Bengals helmet and he’ll be the 2nd ever Bengal in the Hall of Fame. Mike Brown should keep that in mind, it could pay dividends down the road to have another Bengal Hall of Famer.

  38. Bengals will re-sign him, and they should. They have had exactly one player (Munoz) so far who played his whole career with Bengals and went to HOF. Green is on track to be the 2nd. And he is a classy guy and everything you would want in a teammate.
    Every franchise needs those players whom they can look back to with pride, who move on to “revered” status. When you have one of those — especially when you’ve had so few in 50 years — you don’t trade them away for a 2nd round pick. Green is worth much more to the franchise than that.

  39. Gotta say it, but he sounds like a perfect teammate on the Pats.

    If he is back to full health, Brady would make him a top WR again. The first few years he was right there with Julio Jones, while playing for an average Cincy team. Imagine him in a championship caliber offense.

  40. Bengals will re-sign him, and they should. They have had exactly one player (Munoz) so far who played his whole career with Bengals and went to HOF. Green is on track to be the 2nd. And he is a classy guy and everything you would want in a teammate.
    Every franchise needs those players whom they can look back to with pride, who move on to “revered” status. When you have one of those — especially when you’ve had so few in 50 years — you don’t trade them away for a 2nd round pick. Green is worth much more to the franchise than that.
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    This is kind of the reverse of what Fitz had going.

    Green was on a Playoff team his first 5 years. Now the team is imploding, arguably about to start a complete on rebuild.

    Fitz was with an organization that built itself up from nothing and turned them into a contender. As they’ve fallen off, toward the end of his career, he doesn’t feel like starting over. If he asked for it, the Cards would cut him loose. He’s earned that.

    Green is 31, and arguably the best receiver in football. About to enter free agency, I don’t think he’s gonna want to wait around for his team to get back into the Playoff picture. He can pick any one of 4 or 5 contenders, and they become Super Bowl favorites. He’s only going to get that chance once, for all intents and purposes.

    I hear your point, and I respect it, but can’t see Green wanting to be around for this team to get back into contention with what he has on the line.

  41. As painful as it is for a Cincinnati fan, you have to look to trade him now while there is still value. There is no guarantee that he will remain a Bengal once free agency hits next year, and this team has multiple needs on the roster to improve. The window to win with its current players is certainly gone, you must find a way to improve draft capital/new blood, etc.

  42. At first, I was thinking that AJ Green for Trent Williams is a trade that could help both teams.

    Then I tried to picture the phone call between the 2 front offices – Snyder and Allen vs. Mike Brown.

    That image might be my most entertaining moment of the 2019 NFL season.

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