While the Bengals were busy earning the No. 1 pick in the draft, wide receiver A.J. Green was out for the entire season due to an ankle injury.
Cincinnati is most likely to select quarterback Joe Burrow out of LSU with that pick. The Bengals need to provide Burrow with as many weapons as possible on the offensive side of the ball.
Bringing back A.J. Green for at least one season would do that and he is most likely expected to be franchise tagged if both sides can’t agree to a long term deal shortly.
It will be interesting to see what happens none the less. When Green is healthy, he is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He is in the same category as players like DeAndre Hopkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Julio Jones, and Michael Thomas.
A.J. Green is currently 31 years old. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of Georgia.
In his career, Green has caught 602 passes for 8,907 yards receiving and 63 touchdowns. He has played in 111 career games so far.
In the postseason, A.J. Green has only played in four games. He has caught 18 passes for 232 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Green will also be playing alongside players like John Ross II, Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon, Tyler Eifert, and others as well in 2020 under second-year head coach Zac Taylor.
Andy Dalton, who has been the starting quarterback for Cincinnati ever since Green got into the league, will most likely be traded in the offseason.
Dalton is 32 years old as well. It will feel weird for A.J. Green next season to catch passes from a different quarterback other than Andy Dalton.
Now with A.J. Green potentially off the market, what are teams like the Buffalo Bills, the New England Patriots, and the Las Vegas Raiders going to do at the wide receiver position?
They all need one in the worst way, but they can find one in the NFL Draft. Green was the hot commodity on the market and now it is going to be taken off the market.
The Cincinnati Bengals have a lot of rebuilding to do but bringing back A.J. Green would be a huge deal for this football team.
Green is a naturally gifted wide receiver and he goes up for passes with ease. It will be interesting to see if a long term deal by the 12th of March, according to Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer.