Cardinals aren’t shutting the door on potential A.J. Green return


PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Green is still sitting on the open NFL free agency market. And while the 33-year-old veteran has yet to command a massive market for his services, the Cardinals haven’t closed the door on a potential reunion with the playmaker this offseason.

A.J. Green could still return to Arizona Cardinals

On Tuesday at the NFL annual owners’ meetings in South Florida, Pro Football Network asked Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury about Green’s outlook in the desert. Kingsbury said Green is “definitely” still someone who the Cardinals view as a potential asset for their receiver room.

“We love what he brought to us last year,” Kingsbury said. “And I think another year in our system, with [QB Kyler Murray] and him building that relationship, would be really good.”

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Green joined the Cardinals last offseason after finishing up a 10-year run with the Cincinnati Bengals, who drafted him in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Green would be added insurance for Arizona

Green has dealt with his fair share of adversity over the past few years, as he missed the entire 2019 season with an ankle injury. He’s also on the wrong side of 30.

After bouncing back with one final year in Cincinnati, Green left his first franchise for the Cardinals and became a tandem with All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins. Green caught 54 passes for 848 yards and 3 touchdowns during his first year in the NFC West.

The Cardinals lost fellow wideout Christian Kirk to the Jacksonville Jaguars on the first day of free agency. Kirk signed a massive four-year, $72 million contract with the Jags, which created a hole in the Cardinals’ receiver depth chart.

That said, second-year wideout Rondale Moore, the team’s second-round pick last year, is expected to step up in Kirk’s absence.

Green, if he were to return, would likely regain his role from last year. With Hopkins coming off a season-ending injury, bringing back Green as added insurance could be a shrewd move for an offense that needs playmakers to pair with Murray.

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