It looks like two Bengals receivers could be trade candidates heading into the NFL trade deadline, which is November 3rd.
Thus far, there’s been no indication A.J. Green is seeking a trade, but ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports there’s been “serious talk” of Green being dealt, though that was before his breakout game vs. the Colts in Week 6.
There was serious talk of a Green trade if the Bengals could find a suitor, although it was going to be difficult to find one for even the prorated portion of Green’s $18 million franchise tag.
Even if Green wants to de traded and/or the team wants to deal him, doing so will be very hard, if not impossible due to his cap hit for whoever tries to land him. Green simply doesn’t look like a receiver worth the kind of pay he’s getting under the franchise tag, and many teams don’t have enough cap space to absorb his contract anyhow.
Ideally, Green finishes the 2020 season in Cincinnati and helps aid in the development of No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow, who had a solid game Sunday while targeting Green 11 times, which he converted into season-highs in catches (eight) and yards (96).
Then, Green would hit free agency next offseason, see what his market is, and possibly re-sign with the Bengals if they’re willing to pay him market value.