TEMPE, Arizona – New Arizona Cardinals wide receiver AJ Green says he still has “a lot in the tank” and doesn’t think he has anything to prove by signing with a different team for the first time in his career.
“I still feel young,” Green, 32, said Thursday during his introductory press conference on Zoom. “The legs feel young … I think I have many years to play at a high level.”
Green signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals in hopes that those legs would help lead Arizona to at least its first place in the playoffs since 2015. Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the deal is worth about up to $ 8.5 million and includes $ 6 million guaranteed.
“I think that’s the main goal, to win a championship,” Green said. “For me, I’ve been in Cincinnati for 10 years. So for me, to go somewhere where the organization is ready to win now, it’s amazing.”
He said Arizona was among a handful of teams that were “very” interested in him, but Green’s attraction to the Cardinals was how he saw it fit into their offensive scheme.
“I was looking for an offense that really fit my skill set and I felt like – with Kyler [Murray] and Hop [DeAndre Hopkins] Y [Christian] Kirk, and the guys they have on this offense, I felt like this would be the best thing for me, “Green said.
His stability as a quarterback also helped the Cardinals’ cause.
Green said last season was “tough” because of the Bengals’ three-man quarterback carousel, especially since he was coming off an ankle injury that caused him to miss all of 2019. But he said he also feels like last season helped him become mentally stronger.
“I’ve been in Cincinnati for 10 years, so that’s all I know,” Green said. “So coming to Arizona is refreshing. I think you look around the league with Tom Brady, all these other guys. [that] I’ve been to these same places for years, and you saw what Tom Brady did last year. I think it’s okay.”