The Cincinnati Bengals are struggling at 0-5 on the season. Although their head coach Zac Taylor has said he won’t be traded, they would be foolish not to listen to offers. Some teams have already been in talks with Cincinnati. If they do decide to change their minds, here are three possible trade destinations for A.J. Green
1. New England Patriots
New England has already been in trade talks with the Bengals over Green. If the Patriots want something they usually get it. They have some draft capital to give up for Green, even if their first-round pick will likely be near the end of the round. Bill Belichick has negotiated trades with every team in the NFL, so he may be able to talk the Bengals into giving up their star.
The Patriots could really use another wide receiver. Antonio Brown is no longer with the team and rookie N’Keal Harry has been unable to see the field due to injury. Josh Gordon has been inconsistent on the outside. If the Patriots had Julian Edelman in the slot and Green as a true number one receiver, their offense could be even more dangerous.
2. Buffalo Bills
Over the last few seasons, the Bills and Bengals have swapped players as much as any teams really can. Buffalo, with that history of deals, could convince Cincinnati to part with their star. The Bills are in the same boat as the Patriots, as they have picks to trade, but they will likely be picking near the end of the order the way things are looking.
This offseason the Bills got small, fast receivers who could get open for Josh Allen. They still don’t have a true number one receiver. They also just traded Zay Jones away. A.J. Green could step in immediately and make Josh Allen a better quarterback. If they would mesh well together, the Bills could make the playoffs and be a tough matchup.
3. San Francisco 49ers
A lot has been made about the 49ers running the ball well and playing good defense. This has led them to an undefeated record so far this season, as they look to make a run at the playoffs. Because this is their best chance to do something in a while, they may be willing to part with several draft picks to get another player to help their cause.
Things will get harder for the 49ers as the season progresses, as teams will load the box to stuff the run. Without a number one receiver to go to, it will be tough for them to move the ball. Jimmy Garoppolo has to improve if this team truly wants to compete and one way to help him improve would be for the team to acquire Green.
4. Green Bay Packers
Green Bay has a good defense and their running game is improving. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have to do as much for the Packers to win, which is a good thing. To fully get the most out of their offense, they could make an offer for Green. They should be able to afford Green with their draft capital.
Getting Green would give Rodgers two top-tier wide receivers. Green and Davante Adams would be the best wide receiver combination in the league, which could make this offense elite. They would have the wide receivers, Aaron Jones running the ball and one of the best quarterbacks in the generation to make things tough for defenses.
5. Oakland Raiders
One thing that the Raiders have that other teams don’t is draft capital. They traded Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper over the last year, which has given them more draft picks to work with. If the Bengals aren’t looking to trade Green, maybe a haul of draft picks can convince them to give him up.
Oakland traded for Antonio Brown because they needed a wide receiver, but he is obviously no longer there. Green would give Carr a true number one receiver to throw to, which will vastly improve the offense. Brown gave the Raiders headaches with his antics, but Green hasn’t had many issues his whole career, which could make him appealing to management.