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Kliff Kingsbury says A.J. Green ‘definitely’ could return in 2022

Apr 1, 2022

The Arizona Cardinals have not made any significant moves in free agency at wide receiver. Christian Kirk signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and A.J. Green is still unsigned. They brought in former Cowboys and Seahawks wideout Malik Turner, but there has been no movement beyond that.

Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro has reported there is interest in re-signing Green. Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury confirms this notion.

According to AZCentral Sports’ Bob McManaman, Kingsbury, at the NFL annual meeting this week, said Green “definitely” could be back in 2022.

He sees it as a positive thing.

“We love what he brought to us last year,” he said, “and I think another year in our system, Kyler and him building his relationship, will be really good.”

Green was both better than expected and also frustrating. He had 54 receptions for 848 yards and three scores. It was his best season since 2017. He made big plays. He also was the reason for the loss against the Green Bay Packers when he didn’t turn around in the end zone, and his effort on the field sometimes looked less than ideal.

But if he returns, he does give the Cardinals a great option outside opposite DeAndre Hopkins, allowing Rondale Moore to be used in the slot.

Kingsbury has consistently sounded like a coach who wanted more Green. He lamented not using him more.

The Cardinals have focused on re-signing their own free agents. Adding Green again makes sense, even if it isn’t a popular move.

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