Cardinals WR A.J. Green Considering Retirement

After 12 years in the NFL, A.J. Green is considering hanging up his cleats. The Cardinals receiver admitted to Darren Urban of the team’s website that he’s considering retirement following the season.

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“It’s a decision I have to make with my family, but whatever the decision is, I’m at peace with it,” Green said. “I feel I’ve been true to this game my whole career, I did everything the right way, so if it’s my time to walk away, I’ll be ready.”

As Urban notes, Green doesn’t have any interest in moving his sons to another school, with the family eventually planning to settle down in Georgia. That makes it sound like Green would only continue his career if he was going to stick around Arizona, but there’s no guarantee that the front office will look to retain the 34-year-old wideout.

Green’s numbers have dropped during his second season with the Cardinals. After finishing with 54 catches for 848 yards in 2021, the wideout has only hauled in 21 receptions for 145 yards this year. Green, of course, earned seven-straight Pro Bowl nods to start his career with the Bengals, with the receiver averaging more than 1,100 receiving yards and eight touchdowns per season during that stretch.

The Cardinals are facing a number of potential retirements this offseason. J.J. Watt, who was selected seven slots after Green during the 2011 draft, has already announced his plans to retire. Urban adds that offensive linemen Rodney Hudson and Justin Pugh considered calling it a career last offseason.

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