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Some of the NFL’s biggest names aren’t in ideal situations, and it might be time for a 2021 change of scenery. Expiring contracts play a major factor, but so do situations in which the players aren’t matching previous production…

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After nine-plus seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, A.J. Green needs a new home.
He missed the 2019 campaign because of a severe ankle injury, but the Bengals retained the star receiver last offseason via the franchise tag. That gave them time to evaluate how Green would fare with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow before deciding if they wanted to offer the 32-year-old a contract extension.
Unfortunately for them, Green hasn’t had much of an impact. Through eight games, he’s caught just 31 passes for 316 yards and zero touchdowns, struggling to carve out a bigger role. Meanwhile, young receivers Tyler Boyd, 25, and rookie Tee Higgins, 21, are getting comfortable with Burrow and overshadowing the seven-time Pro Bowler.
As an unrestricted free agent in 2021, Green could leave the only franchise he’s ever known. He may not get the money he’s looking for, considering his age and injury history, but Green should still have a number of teams calling, given his track record.
A team like the New England Patriots, who desperately need more reliable talent at wide receiver, could make a lot of sense for Green. Young players like N’Keal Harry, 22, and Jakobi Meyers, 24, could learn a lot from Green while still allowing the veteran to get his fair share of touches.
Best Fit: New England Patriots