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Bengals' A.J. Green addresses trade rumors: 'I'm prepared for anything'

Bengals' A.J. Green addresses trade rumors: 'I'm prepared for anything'

A.J. Green is taking a realist's approach to what could be a stressful two weeks before the NFL trade deadline.

The Bengals wide receiver, sidelined with an ankle injury in the final year of his contract, has been the subject of trade buzz after Cincinnati's 0-5 start, with the New England Patriots reportedly among the teams that could target him.

Green insisted there's no substance those reports as far as he knows.

"I tell everybody I haven’t heard anything,” Green said Wednesday, via Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson. “I don’t fantasize about anything like that. I’m just trying to get healthy and go from there."

But the 31-year-old also suggested a trade wouldn't surprise him.

"I’m prepared for anything," Green said. "A trade’s not going to change who I am. I’m still going to play. I’m still going to be A.J."

Green won't play in Week 6 but hopes to make his 2019 debut the following week. When healthy, the 31-year-old is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, with six 1,000-yard seasons and seven Pro Bowl appearances under his belt.

The Patriots need wide receiver help after releasing Antonio Brown, so it's possible they could kick the tires on Green before the Oct. 29 trade deadline.

Just don't tell that to Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who warned that things would "fall apart" in Cincinnati if the team traded Green. But it sounds like the Bengals' franchise player is ready to roll with the punches.

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

The people's court is now in session. The topic of debate: Who made who, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady?

The two New England Patriots greats will always be inextricably linked for the success they've had in creating the Patriots dynasty. Together, the duo has won six Super Bowl titles and has overseen the most dominant two-decade stretch in NFL history.

Still, the question of who is chiefly responsible for the team's success has long been a debate among the New England faithful. And this week, Shanda, Cerrone, and Leroy take a deeper dive into the case for both sides on the latest episode of "That 617 Life Podcast".

Cerrone kicks off the "trial" by defending Brady, arguing that his on-field play and his arrival to the team snapped the Patriots out of the funk that they were in for most of the early part of their franchise's existence.

[The Patriots] were the team that nobody wanted to use in TecmoBowl. Now, for everybody in America, you're cheating if you use Tom Brady in Madden.

Furthermore, from Cerrone:

There's teams in the NFL over the past 20 years that still haven't defeated Tom Brady. Still, over 20 seasons. There are organizations and fan bases that still have not seen a victory in front of Tom Brady.

As for the case for Belichick, Leroy laid out a simple case for Belichick and called him "possibly the greatest coach in sports history."

Hear more of the trial and thoughts on the latest Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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