Farewell, A.J. Green

Yesterday, A.J. Green signed a 1 year, $8 million dollar deal to head west and play with Kyler Murray in Arizona. Every Bengals’ fan knew this day was coming. It was always a matter of when, not if. I waited a whole 24 hours to write this because I didn’t want to make it too sad, but it is now seeming to hit me harder.

Ugh. I hate to say it, but Cincinnati’s front office made the right move. Since Zac Taylor took over as coach of the Bengals, there’s been a clear disconnect between Green and the new scheme. He’s just a shell of his old self and that has played a big part in his declining numbers and overall contributions to the offense, or lack thereof.

In order to stop feeling so sad about Green’s departure, I found it helpful to go back and reminisce on some of the plays that made him so special. There are enough A.J. Green moments to keep you here for hours, but I’ll just share a quick thread that really hit home.

This list doesn’t even begin to do justice, but it reminded me of the Hall of Fame career Adriel Jeremiah Green has given us for the last decade. Between punching Jalen Ramsey’s facemask and catching the should-be game winning touchdown in the playoffs against the Steelers in January of 2016, A.J. always gave us a show.

I wish we could’ve given you more in return, A.J. Go win a ring in Arizona, you deserve it.

Logan Vaughn

I write about Cincinnati sports in my free time.

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