A.J. Green ‘prepared for anything’ as trade rumors swirl
The Cincinnati Bengals may be on the cusp of a fire sale due to an 0-5 start, and A.J. Green has acknowledged that his time with the organization may be running short.
A report this week from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports suggested the Bengals are expected to “begin fielding calls for a core group of key players” as early as this week. Green obviously would be part of that group.
The veteran wide receiver, in his ninth season with the organization since being taken with the No. 4 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, addressed the percolating trade rumors this week, which were shared on the Bengals’ official site.
“I tell everybody I haven’t heard anything,” Green says. “I don’t fantasize about anything like that. I’m just trying to get healthy and go from there.”
He also knows it’s a business: “I’m prepared for anything. A trade’s not going to change who I am. I’m still going to play. I’m still going to be A.J.”
Green, in the final year of his contract, has yet to play this season as he continues to recover from ankle surgery. While Green has been declared week-to-week, he has been ruled out of Sunday’s Week 6 showdown with the Baltimore Ravens.
Injuries have derailed Green’s last two seasons, which contributed to contract talks stalling this summer. Still, the 31-year-old wideout at least is publicly expressing a desire to remain with the Bengals as he eyes breaking Chad Johnson’s franchise records for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, which would be obtainable should he stay in Cincinnati.
“I want the team records. I want more Pro Bowls. I want all that,” Green says, “so when I leave there is going to be a standard. I still want the yardage, I still want the touchdowns.”
Remaining with the only organization he has known will not be up to Green, however. Whether he survives the impending roster purge remains to be seen, but Green certainly has left his mark on the Bengals if not.