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College: Georgia | 10 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 210 lbs
Birth Date: 7/31/1988
2020 Bye Week: 9

Total Pts: 0
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 278 WR

Free Agent

2020 RTSports Outlook

A foot injury kept Green out all of last season. He has battled injury three of the last four seasons. Green is 32 years old, so he isn't getting any younger. But even with that said, he remains a very talented player capable of a big season. Green has size, speed and runs routes at a high level. He is an all-around talent that makes plays on a weekly basis. He has 1,000-yard seasons six of nine seasons in the NFL. Fantasy Outlook: Green is a big risk after the past few seasons. He has all sorts of potential but you just don't know what you are going to get from him. Take him as a No. 2 receiver and hope he can stay healthy. He can get around 70 receptions for 1,000 yards and seven or eight touchdowns.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green missed the entire 2019 season after injuring his foot during training camp. His status with the organization was a big question mark as constant rumors of his departure ran wild throughout the season. However, the club put those rumors to rest after the team placed the franchise tag on him, a move that suggested he will likely remain a Bengal, at least for this season. With the release of nine-year signal-caller Andy Dalton, the veteran wideout will now be catching passes from Joe Burrow, who was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. It may take some time for Green to develop the type of rapport with Burrow that he enjoyed over many seasons with Dalton, but the ceiling still remains as high as ever. There will be plenty of mouths to feed on the offensive end, but Burrow will likely need to depend on the consistency and experience of the 31-year-old, a luxury afforded to him that not many newer quarterbacks have had over the years. One thing is for sure, Green will have extra incentive to produce if he hopes to earn big money moving ahead, regardless of if that cash comes from Mike Brown or elsewhere.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

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Player Notes
May 20 6:10am ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has yet to sign his franchise tag with the team. Green, who was unable to play in 2019 after injuring his foot during training camp, would earn around $18 million. The 32-year-old has stated, however, that he would still play despite the absence of a long-term deal and has also already spoken with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow about setting up workouts. The former Georgia Bulldog ranks second in franchise history with 8,907 receiving yards as well as 602 receptions. He is projected to be a seventh-round pick in fantasy drafts this season, with the potential to exceed his ADP as long as he is on the field and healthy in 2020.

From RotoBaller

May 8 4:13pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he has been in communication with rookie QB Joe Burrow about working out together whenever the pandemic guidelines permit. 'We've been talking back and forth. We were talking (texting?) yesterday and I know he wants to get together and throw somewhere,' Green said. 'I told him wherever he is, we'll come to him. I don't know where, when, how. It's all who can fly where and when. He's the quarterback. He makes his location and we have to get there.' When asked about a timeline, Green said, ''We'll see,' before pivoting to speak on his health. 'Whatever happens is going to happen. When the time comes, I'll be in the best shape to play my best ball this year no matter what happens. The best shape of my life.'

Fantasy Spin: It's hard to remain fully optimistic about Green staying healthy, but he has earned the benefit of the doubt for a WR2 gamble. His fantasy football value is dicey for reasons in addition to the ankle injury. An offseason with a major question mark of whether there even will be a true training camp -- more in terms of stunting Burrow's development -- is as frightening as Green's durability prospects.

From TheHuddle

May 2 12:00am ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and the team could be closer to a long-term deal after the release of veteran quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton was slated to make $17.7 million this season, and his departure will allow the club some flexibility in signing the star wideout to a deal that could keep him in Cincinnati for the foreseeable future. Green missed the entire 2019 season after injuring his foot during training camp. Despite this, the team opted to use the franchise tag on the 32-year-old, which will pay him around $18 million this upcoming season. Green's fantasy stock may take a slight hit without Dalton in the mix in addition to the plethora of options on the offensive side of the ball, which includes newly acquired Clemson receiver Tee Higgins, who was selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

From RotoBaller

Apr 8 7:03pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals franchise free-agent WR A.J. Green (ankle) has completely recovered from his ankle injury and is working out in Atlanta, according to head coach Zac Taylor.

Fantasy Spin: Green has only played nine games over the last two seasons, but he appears to be on track for the 2020 season. He is a risky option because of his injury history but can be a weekly starting option in all leagues if he is healthy.

From TheHuddle

Apr 8 4:10pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said that wide receiver A.J. Green (ankle) is "fully healthy" and has been working out in Atlanta. It's good news after Green missed the entire 2019 season. He's scheduled to make around $18 million in 2020 on the franchise tag, but we may not get to see him until later this summer due to restrictions amid the coronavirus. Green will turn 32 in July and has played in just nine games in the last two seasons due to injuries. But he was a Pro Bowler each of his first seven seasons in the league from 2011 to 2017, surpassing the 1,000-yard receiving mark six times. He'll likely have rookie quarterback Joe Burrow throwing him passes in 2020, which could make fantasy owners even more hesitant to draft Green as even a WR2.

From RotoBaller

Mar 16 12:40pm ET

The Cincinnati Bengals placed the franchise tag on wide receiver A.J. Green on Monday, according to a source. Green is scheduled to make around $18 million in 2020 under the franchise tag. The star wideout sat out all of last season due to injury and may not make an appearance with the team until sometime this summer. He's expected to have LSU quarterback Joe Burrow throwing him passes in 2020. Green, 32 this summer, has six 1,000-yard seasons to his name, but he's also played in just nine games the last two seasons and has become an injury risk for fantasy owners. He won't be drafted as a WR1 anymore, but he has bounce-back potential and will come much cheaper this fall.

From RotoBaller

Mar 16 10:53am ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green received the franchise tag Monday, March 16.

Fantasy Spin: Green will be 32 when the season begins, and he has had constant injury issues the last three of the last four years. He'll be a low-end WR2 in PPR at best, but the WR3 label is optimal.

From TheHuddle

Mar 3 1:40pm ET

The Cincinnati Bengals plan to use the franchise tag on wide receiver A.J. Green, according to sources. The tag for receivers is estimated to be worth around $18.5 million, and the two sides will have until July 15 to reach a long-term extension. Green's 8,907 receiving yards rank fourth in the NFL since he entered the league in 2011, and he's second in team history in total catches (602), receiving yards (8,907) and touchdowns (63). However, Green didn't play at all in 2019 and has missed 29 games due to injuries since 2016. The veteran wideout has been a high-end WR1 ini fantasy before, but he's coming off injuries and will likely have a rookie throwing him passes in 2020, leaving his fantasy value very shaky. Green also said back in December that he wouldn't take part in organized team activities if he was given the franchise tag.

From RotoBaller

Feb 29 10:33am ET

The Cincinnati Bengals are interested in extending the contract of WR A.J. Green, although ongoing discussions about a potential new collective bargaining agreement have stalled negotiations, according to multiple sources. If the team is unable to finalize a long-term deal by March 10, Green is likely to receive the franchise tag.

Fantasy Spin: Green, who will turn 32 in July, has expressed interest in remaining in Cincinnati and would be an elite receiving option for presumptive No. 1 draft pick Joe Burrow to work with, provided that he can stay healthy. However, the fact that he has played just 17 offensive snaps since October 2018 is a major concern, so he should be viewed as a low-end WR2 or high-end WR3 option for now.

From TheHuddle

Feb 22 12:53pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (foot) wasn't dealt at the trade deadline last fall, making it highly unlikely that the Bengals will let him walk in free agency, in the opinion of Pro Football Focus analyst Anthony Treash.

Fantasy Spin: It would certainly be a boon for presumptive No. 1 draft pick Joe Burrow to have Green as his top target, but also keep in mind that Green will turn 32 in July and has played a grand total of 17 offensive snaps since October of 2018. He's now a WR2/3 until proven otherwise on the field.

From TheHuddle

Feb 20 11:13pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent WR A.J. Green (foot) 'wants out of Cincinnati,' in the opinion of an NFC executive, and the executive believes Green would be a 'good fit' for the Baltimore Ravens.

Fantasy Spin: Green has battled a variety of injuries in recent years, including last season's foot injury, but he has been one of the best receivers in the league when healthy. Despite the injury concerns, Green is worth a look as a high-end WR2.

From TheHuddle

Feb 20 9:40pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said on Thursday that wide receiver A.J. Green is "a guy we want to be around." Green hasn't played in a game since December of 2018 and hasn't been a Pro Bowler since 2017 in his last full season. He's due to become a free agent next month and has played in just nine games the last two years, but the Bengals could still use him. If Cincinnati can't reach a long-term extension with the veteran, they're likely to use the franchise tag on him. Turning 32 this summer, Green has had 1,000 yards receiving in six of his eight seasons, but his fantasy stock will be way down since he hasn't been able to stay healthy of late. If he remains with the Bengals, as is expected, he'll likely have LSU quarterback Joe Burrow throwing him passes in 2020.

From RotoBaller

Jan 23 1:43pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, a pending free agent, could receive the franchise tag from the Bengals this offseason. 'The franchise tag is not the best thing,' Green said in a TV interview. 'But like I said, I'm not turning down 18 million dollars. It just happens. When you run a business, you have to make difficult decisions. But I feel like when you put that on me, then that's what you're showing me, you only want me for one year. And I always play with a chip on my shoulder.'

Fantasy Spin: Green's situation will be one of the intriguing offseason storylines -- in fantasy and reality -- to follow, but keep in mind he'll turn 31 in July and, more importantly, has played a total of 17 actual snaps since Week 8 of the 2018 season. That sets up a fantasy sleeper situation, rife with boom or bust potential.

From TheHuddle

Jan 22 5:23pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent WR A.J. Green is a player the Bengals plan to have on their roster next season, according to director of player personnel Duke Tobin.

Fantasy Spin: Green did not play during the 2019 season because of an ankle injury but could still receive the franchise tag this offseason. Green is a weekly starting option when healthy, but fantasy players should monitor his situation during the offseason.

From TheHuddle

Dec 30 5:00pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (ankle), who missed all of the 2019 season and 23 of the last 24 games with foot and ankle issues, said he's "done with rehab" and will "start working out right away." Green prefers to stay with the Bengals on a multi-year deal but won't sit out next year if he's slapped with the franchise tag. The 31-year-old opened his career with five straight 1,000-yard seasons, but he's reached that mark just once in the last four years, mainly due to injuries. If he can stay healthy going into 2020, Green could easily bounce back, but Cincy's uncertain situation at quarterback and his health are major concerns from a fantasy perspective.

From RotoBaller

Dec 30 12:53pm ET

Impending free-agent WR A.J. Green (ankle) made it clear Monday, Dec. 30, that his preference is to remain with the Cincinnati Bengals. 'If something should get done, then I'm here. I want to be here. I think they want me here. We'll see what happens,' Green told reporters.

Fantasy Spin: Green has played a total of nine games over the last two seasons, including none in 2019 after suffering an ankle injury during the team's first training camp practice. He showed the ability to play at a high level when he was on the field in 2018, but there's also plenty of recent evidence to suggest his body may not be able to withstand the rigors of an NFL season anymore. Considering Green wants to return, expect Cincinnati to get a somewhat highly incentivized deal done with him before the start of free agency.

From TheHuddle

Dec 23 1:30pm ET

The Cincinnati Bengals will place wide receiver A.J. Green (ankle) on Injured Reserve on Monday. This is a move that's been long overdue, as the veteran wideout hasn't played a single game for Cincinnati in 2019. He likely won't be back in 2020 either. With better health and a change of scenery, Green could rebound, but he obviously won't be a WR1 on draft day. Tyler Body will remain the team's top wideout heading into the Week 17 season finale against the Browns, and he went off for nine catches, a season-high 128 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday against Miami. Boyd had five catches for 75 yards against Cleveland on Dec. 8 and will be a WR2 in Week 17.

From RotoBaller

Dec 23 1:13pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Dec. 23.

Fantasy Spin: The Bengals have carried him on the roster all season long even though he has yet to play a snap. Cincinnati will close the season out against the Cleveland Browns with Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Alex Erickson soaking up the bulk of the reps at receiver.

From TheHuddle

Dec 22 11:33am ET

The Cincinnati Bengals have declared WR A.J. Green, OT Isaiah Prince, CB Torry McTyer, QB Jake Dolegala, WR Damion Willis, OG John Miller and LB Brady Sheldon inactive for Week 16.

From TheHuddle

Dec 20 5:53pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and has been ruled out for Week 16.

Fantasy Spin: Green probably will miss the entire 2019 season because of the ankle injury and is a disappointment to fantasy players. Tyler Boyd should be a starting option in fantasy leagues, while John Ross could be a possible flex option in deeper leagues.

From TheHuddle

Player Transactions
  • 16-Mar-2020: CIN - Franchise Player Tag - non-exclusive franchise tag
  • 03-Feb-2020: CIN - Off IR - ankle
  • 23-Dec-2019: CIN - On IR - ankle
  • 04-Feb-2019: CIN - Off IR - toe
  • 05-Dec-2018: CIN - On IR - toe
  • 06-Feb-2017: CIN - Off IR - hamstring
  • 31-Dec-2016: CIN - On IR - hamstring
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