Not only did A.J. Green play in 16 games last year for the Arizona Cardinals he led the team in yards per catch.
Throughout their entire career, A.J. Green and Julio Jones have been compared to each other. For most of that time, Julio Jones has been seen as the receiver with the better career by a slight margin. How interesting would it be for the Titans to sign Green and for him to have another great season to push himself about Julio in the conversation (at least in Tennessee).
That obviously isn’t going to be a motivating factor for the Titans or Green, but at this point, the starting receiver jobs in the NFL are disappearing quickly.
Since the Cardinals haven’t re-signed Green, maybe it is time for him to move on to another team where he can be a starter on the boundary.
In Tennessee, Green could start outside opposite A.J. Brown and Robert Woods could line up in the slot. When the Titans decide to just use two receivers, Green can be the first one off of the field because despite playing 900+ snaps last season, you don’t want to overwork him.
Again, the theme is to not put too much pressure on a rookie that Mike Vrabel won’t want to start. If that is the case, then drafting A.J. Green opens the door to drafting one of the “project” receivers in this draft.
Jalen Tolbert from South Alabama and Christian Watson from NDST come to mind as guys who are probably going to need some time to adjust to the talent level in the NFL, but who have all the skills to thrive.
Or (and this will thrill a large section of Titans fans), maybe Green is the perfect bridge to one of the Alabama receivers. Jameson Williams and John Metchie were both having great seasons before they each tore an ACL in the postseason.
Whether it is Williams in the first round or Metchie in the third round, Green would definitely take all eyes off of the timetable for either player and allow them to learn behind a Hall of Famer until they were ready to take the field.