Could A.J. Green be on his way out of Cincinnati?
According to Jason La Canfora, rival general managers believe the Bengals could get as much as a first-round pick if they decided to part ways with their star wideout.
La Canfora reports that any potential trade would be contingent on Green’s health and willingness to sign a new deal with his new team.
“If they wanted to, and they did this right, they could be right there with the Dolphins and Raiders when it comes to 1, 2, and 3s in the next few drafts,” one GM said of a potential Bengals rebuild.
“We’ve gone over the roster and the contracts,” another GM said. “It is begging for trades, but I’m not sure they’ll seriously consider it. That’s not how Mike Brown operates.”
Rival general managers I spoke to agreed that the Bengals could get a first-round pick for Green, 31, if the acquiring team was able to negotiate a new deal for him and if Green returns from his foot injury soon. It is highly unlikely that Green signs an extension with the Bengals, I’m told. League sources said the Saints and Patriots are among the teams most deeply looking for pass catching help, and both would have interest in oft-injured tight end Tyler Eifert as well, who is making just $1 million this season.”
Trades are more and more likely after the Bengals lost to the Arizona Cardinals, dropping them to 0-5 on the season.
Other players will likely seem themselves being traded as well, like DT Geno Atkins, DE Carlos Dunlap, OT Cordy Glenn and CB William Jackson if they choose, per La Canfora.