The Arizona Cardinals announced on Thursday that veteran wide receiver A.J. Green will return on a one-year deal. There were no contract terms available.
Green came as close to a 1,000-yard season last season as he has since his most recent, in 2017. He caught 54 passes for 848 yards and three touchdowns in 2021.Green signed with the Cardinals in part because he wanted to be a No. 2 receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins, which would be the first time in his career that he wasn’t his offense’s top receiver.
He rapidly established himself in Arizona’s offence. Coach Kliff Kingsbury admitted in late December that he didn’t do a good enough job of delivering the ball to Green.
Green, who will celebrate his 34th birthday in July, was targeted 5.75 times per game. He had two 100-yard games, one of which was his first since 2018.
He put to rest any doubts regarding his long-term viability. He’s played 16 games in each of the last two seasons after missing the 2019 season due to an ankle injury.
Green signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cardinals last offseason. Green was wearing a jersey from a team other than the Cincinnati Bengals for the first time in his career.
In 127 games, he is second in Bengals history in receiving yards (9,430), receptions (649) and touchdown catches (65).