CINCINNATI — Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green knows Sunday could be the end of an era.
He helped rejuvenate the franchise in 2011. Green made fans quickly forget about Chad Johnson.
The fourth overall pick was all game and no talk, which couldn't be said for his predecessor.
Green posted five-straight 1,000-yard seasons to start his career. His dominance was a big reason why Andy Dalton stuck around for as long as he did.
The duo became one of the best quarterback-wide receiver combinations in the NFL.
Green's made countless high-flying and gravity defying catches at Paul Brown Stadium. He enters Sunday's season finale knowing that it could be his last game in stripes. Dalton was in a similar situation last season.
"I'm a very even keel guy. I had great times here. If this is my last game, I had an unbelievable 10 years here," Green said on Thursday. "Wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I appreciate the Brown family for giving me this opportunity, but all that 'this is the last game,' I really don't look into all that. It's just another chapter in my book to where I can go out there and continue to play football, whether it's here or somewhere else. I really don't get caught up in this is my last game. I had a great time here, if this is my last time. I just look at it as another opportunity, if it's here or somewhere else, just to continue to live my dream and play football."
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Green will have his fair share of options this offseason in free agency this offseason despite posting career-lows in multiple categories including yards and touchdowns.
The 32-year-old enters Sunday's game with 47 receptions for 523 yards and two touchdowns. He's one score away from tying Chad Johnson for the most touchdown receptions in Bengals' history.
Green would've shattered that record if he hadn't suffered multiple injuries in each of the past two seasons. He missed all of 2019 with an ankle injury.
He bounced back to play in all 15 games this year. The season didn't go like most expected, but he's enjoying every moment.
"I'm just happy to play the game," Green said. "I just love playing this game and I can't wait to see what the future holds for me."
Not only does Sunday's game mark the end of the season, but it could also be the last time Adriel Jeremiah Green puts on the stripes.
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