For example, the “prediction markets” that are now being created by companies like Augur.
Getty On January 2, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver A.J. Green makes a grab over Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs.
There’s been some talk about whether A.J. Green will return to the Arizona Cardinals next year as he closes off his most productive season since 2017.
Marquis Flowers, a former Bengals and Patriots linebacker who played three seasons with Green in Cincinnati from 2014 to 2016, is one among those interested in the wide receiver’s future.
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Flowers disclosed on Twitter on January 5 that before QB Tom Brady departed for the Buccaneers, he attempted to convince Green to join the Patriots.
Flowers also proposed that the two sides reconsider the option in the summer, with Green set to become a free agent after this season and Patriots quarterback Mac Jones doing well as a rookie.
It’s true! I advised AJ Green to go to the New England Patriots in a text message, but Tommy Ice left… ….I gave it my all!… However, now that Mac 10 has been approved, it may be time to do so again this off-season.
January 5, 2022 — Marquis Flowers (@MFlowers59)
According to Sportrac, Green, 33, inked a one-year, $6 million agreement with the Cardinals in March.
The change of scenery seems to have revitalized the 11-year veteran receiver, who already has more receptions (50) and receiving yards (825) in a season than he had with the Bengals in 2017, when he had 75 catches for 1,078 yards.
Making the Most of Your Green
Green was added over the summer to add to a receiving corps that already contained DeAndre Hopkins, a five-time Pro Bowler, and Christian Kirk, a rising talent and local favorite from Scottsdale, Arizona.
Green leads the Cardinals in yards per catch (16.5), is second in receiving yards (939), and ranks fourth in catches (75), behind Kirk (67), Zach Ertz (67), and Rondale Moore (67). (54).
Green has three receiving touchdowns this season, with a fourth potentially on the way if he hadn’t been forced to slow down and wait for the ball on a 42-yard reception in Dallas.
Green went by Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs for his longest reception of the season on Arizona’s first drive on Sunday, January 2, and was taken down at the 3-yard line.
In the Cardinals’ eventual 25-22 triumph, NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Matt Prater kicked the first of his four field goals.
Green had 74 yards on three receptions in Dallas, and he’ll be key for the Cardinals (11-5) as they wrap off the regular season against the Seahawks (6-10) on Sunday, January 9.
On December 31, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters, “I anticipate him to continue to be a significant part of our offense as we wind up this season and get into the playoffs.”
Before injuries hampered the former Bengals star, Green was one of the finest receivers in the game. He began his career by being named to the Pro Bowl seven times in a row, with six of those seasons exceeding 1,000 receiving yards. The only time this happened was in 2016, when he had a 964-yard season.
Green missed seven games in 2018 due to a foot ailment, and he was out for the entire 2019 season after hurting his left ankle in the first session of training camp. In 2020, he returned to the Bengals and appeared in all 16 games, but the 6-foot-4, 210-pound receiver was more of an afterthought in the offense, with a career-low 523 receiving yards.
Green has been “excellent” in his debut season in Arizona, according to Kingsbury, who believes the Cardinals might have used him more regularly.
“I still don’t believe we used him to his full potential during the season,” he remarked.
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Seahawks vs. 500,000 Reasons to Shine
Green might benefit from a strong performance against the Seahawks in the regular-season finale.
Green’s one-year agreement with the Cardinals contained pay incentives of up to $2.5 million for receptions and receiving yards, according to Mark Schofield of USA Today’s Touchdown Wire.
Green received a $250,000 incentive for reaching 50 catches, as well as bonuses for reaching 600, 700, and 800 receiving yards, giving him a total of $1 million in bonuses this season.
Green will earn another $500,000 if he catches 10 receptions for 75 yards or more versus Seattle, according to Schofield.
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