Speaking to the media on Thursday, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor was adamant that the team would not consider trading contract-year wide receiver A.J. Green according to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic.
“I’ve heard the speculation,” Taylor said. “We are not trading that guy.” Taylor came across as “definitive” to the assembled media. If true, it better mean the Bengals are all in on re-signing Green, because otherwise the stance makes no sense.
Of course, a rebuilding team signing a 31-year-old wideout who has not yet seen the field in 2019 to a massive longterm contract does not make much sense either. Despite hiring a young and innovative rookie head coach, the Bengals organization seems to often find themselves stuck in the past with many of their decisions-trying to relive the glory days of a roster that never managed to win a single playoff game.