A.J. Green is set to become a free agent this year and the assumption is that the Cincinnati Bengals won’t be bringing the 31-year-old back for his 10th NFL season.
Green has been lighting the league on fire since entering the NFL in 2011. Unfortunately since signing his second contract with the Bengals, he has suffered injuries in three out of the past five years.
Before signing him, a team has to consider his injury risk and how likely he is to sustain another injury. With his age, one would have to think the chances are probably pretty likely.
The other concern a potential suitor must have is what the cost might be to sign a guy like Green. Being that he’s still a very talented receiver, the cost may be more than a team like the Vikings are willing to spend.
He had a cap hit of over $15 million last year and if he wants a similar annual salary, the Vikings would have to look at trading Stefon Diggs and making other roster moves to make this deal actually happen.
It’s unlikely that Green’s value is at the price it was previously. One has to assume with his age climbing combined with his injury risk, he could come at more of a discount. This is unless teams begin a bidding war for him and in this case, Minnesota would more than likely lose out on landing him.
Green would give Kirk Cousins and the Vikings offense a big-bodied weapon they haven’t had in a long time. He would give a red-zone presence and help the offense score in the tighter areas of the field.