Green agreed to terms on a contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Green and the Cardinals are finalizing a one-year deal worth up to $8.5 million, including $6 million guaranteed. One of the all-time wideouts of his generation, Green is coming off a down year with the Bengals, having especially struggled after Joe Burrow (knee) went down with a torn ACL. Now entering his age-33 season, Green will head into a more favorable situation in Arizona, joining Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins' presence should force opposing defenses to cover Green with their No. 2 cornerback, while Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald -- if he doesn't retire or switch teams -- are both more than capable of creating additional exploitable matchups.
Green recorded no catches on six targets in the team's Week 17 loss to the Ravens. Green struggled along with the rest of the Bengals' offense, as the team managed to complete only six passes across the entire game. Despite playing in all 16 contests, Green posted by far the worst campaign of his career by finishing with only 523 yards and two touchdowns. While some of his struggles in 2020 can be attributed to poor quarterback play in the second half of the season, it's difficult to project Green to return to his top form as he will be 33 when the 2021 season begins. Entering the offseason as a free agent, it's very likely that Green has played his last snap in Cincinnati.
Green recorded four receptions on seven targets for 64 yards in Week 16 against the Texans. Green was one of four Bengals pass-catchers to command at least six targets, as Brandon Allen took to the air 37 times. The veteran wideout struggled to get going initially, gaining only five yards on his first five targets. However, Green was a strong contributor thereafter, logging receptions of 33, 14 and 12 yards. Given the way Allen has spread targets around, Green can't be confidently projected for significant volume in Week 17 against the Ravens.
Green brought in two of three targets for 40 yards in the Bengals' 27-17 win over the Steelers on Monday night. Green provided the highlight of the night for the air attack with a 30-yard reception, which also helped propel him to the team lead in receiving yardage for the contest. The multi-time Pro Bowler was coming off his best game since late October in the form of a 6-62-1 effort against the Cowboys in Week 14, so Monday night's numbers represented a modest downturn. Green will look to boost his overall production at the expense of a sub-par Texans secondary in a Week 16 matchup.
Green recorded six receptions on seven targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against the Cowboys. Green had drawn only four targets across his last two games combined heading into Week 14. However, he bounced back to exceed five targets for only the second time since Week 8. He made the most of the opportunity by recording four receptions of 10 or more yards. Green also found the end zone for the second time this season on a five-yard reception with eight seconds remaining in the first half. He'll next draw a Week 15 matchup against the Steelers.
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