Chargers deadline move No. 3: Acquiring wide receiver A.J. Green
A.J. Green has been nothing short of incredible during his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. A Pro-Bowler at the receiver position in every season aside from his last, Green now is recovering from surgery to repair torn ligaments in his ankle. The standout wide receiver could provide a much-needed spark to what has been a mediocre Chargers offense so far this season. Watching Keenan Allen and Mike Williams be the only receivers to actually have passes thrown their way week after week is getting painful for everyone involved, from the sidelines to the stadium seats to televisions across the country. With the Bengals at 0-7, it couldn’t be too far-fetched the Chargers would try their best to get Green in their receiver room. So why can’t it happen?
It’s very simple. Green is on the wrong side of 30 years old, and his recurring injury problems make it a tough risk to take on with the possibility that he does not save the season. For Telesco to send draft picks to Cincinnati for their franchise receiver could be a great risk, and it could turn out to be for nothing. With a player like Green’s injury history, the risk only grows greater. Williams seems to be banged up after every other play, and if Telesco was going to get anyone to replace Williams if he went down (or at the very least work alongside he and Allen if he did not), it’d more than likely be a player who is younger and is a safer bet to trade a pick or multiple picks for.
If Green was three years younger, he’d be a superstar and it’d be a blockbuster trade that Telesco and the front office wouldn’t make. Instead, he’s 30 years old, is coming off of two lower extremity injuries and carries a high price tag. Telesco isn’t making this move any time soon.