A.J. Green signing with Arizona Cardinals after 10 years with Cincinnati Bengals
After a decade in Cincinnati, A.J. Green is heading out west.
The long-time Bengals wide receiver finalized a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. NFL Network reported that Green’s one-year pact is worth $8.5 million. The deal includes $6 million guaranteed.
“I love A.J. and everything he has meant to this organization, and me personally. He’s a veteran player who fought through injuries to comeback and try to help us,” Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said on the Bengals Beat Podcast.
“He did everything we asked him to do. I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for him.”
The fourth pick of the 2011 NFL draft, two slots ahead of Falcons star Julio Jones, Green leaves Cincinnati after posting 649 receptions for 9,430 yards and 65 TDs. Green ranks second only to Chad Johnson in each of those categories in Bengals history.
However injuries had slowed Green, 32, down in recent years. The seven-time Pro Bowler played in just nine games over the 2018 and '19 seasons before having the least productive season of his career in 2020 (47 catches for 523 yards and two TDs).
However he won't have to be the primary target in Arizona, where DeAndre Hopkins fills that role. Green will compete with Christian Kirk and, potentially, Larry Fitzgerald in a Cardinals passing game triggered by ascending quarterback Kyler Murray.
It's the latest big move in the desert after the Cards signed defensive end J.J. Watt, who was also drafted in 2011, earlier this month. Arizona finished 8-8 last season, missed the NFC's final wild-card spot on a tiebreaker.
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: A.J. Green to sign with Cardinals after 10 seasons with Bengals