Bengals' Zac Taylor on A.J. Green trade rumors: 'We are not trading that guy'Sporting News — (Chelsea Howard)
Bengals coach Zac Taylor wants to put an end to the trade rumors around A.J. Green.
Taylor had a definitive statement about his star player as he told reporters: "I hear a lot of the speculation on him. We are not trading that guy."
Green also addressed the rumors of a potential trade, saying he's "prepared for anything."
“I tell everybody I haven’t heard anything. I don’t fantasize about anything like that. I’m just trying to get healthy and go from there," Green told the Bengals' official website. "A trade’s not going to change who I am. I’m still going to play. I’m still going to be A.J."
Green has been mentioned in trade rumors over the past week as CBS Sports reported the Bengals are expected to "begin fielding calls for a core group of key players" amid a 0-5 start under first-year coach Zac Taylor.
At least one Bengal, however, believes everything will "fall apart" if Cincinnati ends up moving Green.
"You can't do it. You can't do it, man. That's our best player on the team," corner Dre Kirkpatrick said earlier this week. "He's not even out there. So, we don't even know what we got, how the team really looks. They can't do that. They can't ... I'm a team player first, I rally around my guys and that would really hurt my spirit if we see him walk out the door."
Green has said in the past that he wants to spend his entire career with the Bengals but he's in the final year of his four-year, $60 million contract and Cincinnati is in a rebuilding period. Green said, though, he wouldn't leave in free agency if the new deal is fair.
“That’s just not who I am. I’m loyal to the person who gave me my shot,” Green said. “They took care of Larry (Fitzgerald). He’s a Cardinal. No matter how many times they rebuild, he’s a Cardinal. He’s the only guy still there.”
Green hasn't made his season debut yet as he continues to recover from an ankle injury he suffered in training camp that required surgery in late July. He returned to practice Thursday, seeing limited work, but has already been ruled out for Week 6.
Green, 31, has made seven Pro Bowls over his eight-year career. He caught 46 passes for 694 yards with six touchdowns in nine games last season.
The Bengals will travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens (3-2) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.