Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has not played this season due to an ankle injury. He is currently the subject of major trade rumors as well.
The 31-year-old Green is set to be a free agent this offseason, and the Bengals are 0-5 and going nowhere. Throw in the fact that his recent injury history isn’t great, and it doesn’t make sense for Cincinnati to re-sign Green this winter.
Putting all of that together, it would behoove the Bengals to trade Green this month. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, October 29.
NFL media senior analyst and Hall of Fame executive Gil Brandt compiled a list of potential trade partners for Cincinnati if and when they do deal Green. Not surprisingly, they are five teams in playoff contention.
Brandt’s top five is as follows:
- New England Patriots
- Buffalo Bills
- New Orleans Saints
- Philadelphia Eagles
- San Francisco 49ers
The Bills and Eagles have underwhelming wide receiver corps, despite the fact both teams have winning records. The Saints have Michael Thomas, but Green could provide a consistent No. 2 opposite him.
San Francisco is one of two undefeated teams left in the NFL (along with New England), and the 49ers have an elite tight end and devastating run game. A healthy Green could give them a much-needed weapon on the outside.
As for the Patriots, well, they have the league’s best defense and Tom Brady, but Bill Belichick is never afraid to improve his roster, mo matter how good things are. That makes them a definite candidate to trade for Green.