RUMOR: Jets deal for A.J. Green is ‘highly, highly unlikely’
The New York Jets have a wealth of cap room this offseason, meaning they have the financial wherewithal to put some more offensive talent around young quarterback Sam Darnold.
However, if you were expecting the Jets to try and acquire A.J. Green from the Cincinnati Bengals, you can probably forget about that.
According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, it is “highly, highly” unlikely that the Bengals move their star wide receiver, who is in the final year of a four-year, $80 million contract.
Hughes adds that both Green and Cincinnati are happy with their current situations, as Green loves it in Cincinnati and the Bengals have no problem holding on to the wideout for the long term.
The 30-year-old played in just nine games this past season due to a toe injury, hauling in 46 receptions for 694 yards and six touchdowns. It marked the first time in Green’s career that he did not make the Pro Bowl.
Green, who played his collegiate football at the University of Georgia, was originally selected by the Bengals with the fourth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.
He had a spectacular rookie campaign, catching 65 passes for 1,057 yards and seven scores en route to a trip to Honolulu. The following year, Green was even better, snaring 97 balls for 1,350 yards while reaching the end zone 11 times.
Green went on to become one of the most consistent wideouts in the NFL, and while he is yet to earn a First-Team All-Pro selection, he has been one of the best pass-catchers in the league throughout his career.