The Cincinnati Bengals fanbase wants to keep A.J. Green at all costs, but does the Mike Brown-led front office feel the same knowing they’ll have to open their checkbooks at the season’s end?
Green, who is in the last year of his $60 million contract, will be 32 at the beginning of the 2020 season.
Green has value to a contending team right now, and although Cincinnati will almost certainly give this season a good chance at its start, the front office could quickly change their mind and prepare for a bright future under Taylor.
That said, Green, assuming the Bengals don't live up to their current expectations, could be traded after years of rumors. Could New Orleans be the suitor that drive Cincinnati to finally pull the plug on a trade?
The idea of sending Green to New Orleans was brought up by The Ringer NFL Show, hosts Robert Mays and Kevin Clark.
“If you’re going to do a full-scale rebuild, wouldn’t the picks for A.J. Green be a significant part of that? You could also argue that if you’re going to draft a quarterback, you would want to put that guy in an offense with A.J. Green, but do they want to give a 31-year-old A.J. Green a huge contract after this season ends?”
They didn’t mention any specifics, just that the picks Green would be traded for would hold value to Taylor and the Bengals. Much of the reality of this trade would center around how many picks and how valuable those picks actually are.
Green isn’t like linebacker Darron Lee, a former first-round pick who the Jets just gave away to the Chiefs. Green will be worth far more than just a sixth-round pick.
At the same time, Green isn’t Odell Beckham Jr. who took an elite safety and a few high-value picks to secure. With six 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, trading Green would most likely replicate a slightly better haul than the trade that Oakland recently made for the 30-year-old Antonio Brown more than it would the Browns acquisition of. Beckham Jr.
The Steelers received a third and fifth-round pick from Oakland.
If this is what Cincinnati is offered, should they take it and unleash Tyler Boyd as the team’s top receiver?