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NFL rumors: What is Bengals WR A.J. Green's trade value with deadline nearing?

NFL rumors: What is Bengals WR A.J. Green's trade value with deadline nearing?

The Cincinnati Bengals are one of two winless NFL teams entering Week 7, and all eyes will be on them as the Oct. 29 trade deadline approaches.

The Bengals need a roster re-tool, and one way to accelerate that process is trading veteran players for draft picks. One player the team should look to trade is wide receiver A.J. Green, who's in the final year of his contract and able to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 season.

Green has missed all of the Bengals' six games this season because of an ankle injury. Any team interested in acquiring him would have the difficult task of predicting how quickly he could learn a new playbook and return to 100 percent physically. Green recently updated his status, and it doesn't sound like he'll be returning this weekend.

So, if the Bengals decide to trade Green, what would his value be?

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler recently spoke to some personnel employees around the league. The chances of Cincinnati getting a first-round pick for Green don't seem too high.

One NFC personnel evaluator I spoke to said, "Considering the recent injury history, I think [Cincinnati] can fetch a second-round pick for him," citing his immense talent as worthy of a Day 2 pick.

A few other personnel people agreed, adding that teams can always sweeten a deal with a fourth-to-fifth-round swap for future years. But the consensus is that he's not a first-round player right now unless a team gets aggressive. (Watch: The Rams will blow this thinking out of the water, offering three 1s and conditional Les Snead hair product.)

One team with an obvious need for a wide receiver is the New England Patriots.

Veteran wideouts Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett both have dealt with injuries in recent weeks. These injuries forced the Patriots to roll with Julian Edelman and two rookies (Gunner Olszewski and Jakobi Meyers) at wide receiver for the entire second half of last Thursday's Week 6 win over the New York Giants. Dorsett should return soon, but the depth and experience at the position remains unideal.

We also can't leave out the fact that New England is getting very little production in the passing game from the tight end position. Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse have combined for just 13 receptions, 169 receiving yards and one touchdown through six games. Injuries also are a factor here, as LaCosse is nursing a knee injury and Izzo reportedly was evaluated for a concussion Friday. Veteran tight end Benjamin Watson was re-signed on Tuesday, but at 38 years old, he shouldn't be expected to be a major force in the offense.

The Patriots are projected to have more than 10 picks (including compensatory selections) in the 2020 NFL Draft, giving them plenty of assets to make a trade before the deadline. Green is a great player when healthy, but his recent injury woes are a legitimate concern. That said, he's still a good trade target to pursue at the right price.

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LeBron James compares himself to Tom Brady: We'll play 'until we can't walk no more'

LeBron James compares himself to Tom Brady: We'll play 'until we can't walk no more'

Tom Brady is arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time. LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time.

But the similarities don't end there, according to James.

When asked about his NBA future Friday, James brought up the Patriots quarterback in relation to his own eventual retirement.

"I'm not at the end of my story," said James. "Me and Tom Brady are one and the same. We're going to play until we can't walk no more."

Laugh if you want, but both future Hall of Famers are still going strong deep into their respective careers.

Brady, who has consistently said he'd like to play until he's 45, explained that goal this week on WEEI.

“I think I have always said 45 just because that’s a good goal to set because that is one that has been pretty hard to get to for most guys."

Brady's success at 42 is already unprecented, having led the Patriots to the league's best record through 10 weeks, throwing almost 282 yards per game with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.

While Brady is still going strong in his 20th career season, James is still one of the NBA's most dominant players in his 17th year. The 34-year-old is averaging 23.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, and a career-high 11.1 assists.

"We've been friends for a long time. I've always admired him. He's a great athlete, player," Brady said when apprised of James's comments Friday. "I think he loves the sport, he loves basketball, he loves the competition. I feel the same way about football."

And while neither player is ready to hang 'em up anytime soon, there's still one major difference between their careers.

While LeBron has won three NBA championships — with a 3-6 record in the Finals — Brady is 6-3 in his nine trips to the Super Bowl.

Advantage: Brady.

 

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Patriots-Eagles Week 11 injury report: Seven players questionable for New England

Patriots-Eagles Week 11 injury report: Seven players questionable for New England

The New England Patriots are prepared for a difficult matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon, and injuries could play a major factor for both teams.

New England released its final Week 11 injury report Friday -- and no one is listed as out or doubtful. While wide receiver Julian Edelman has often been listed as questionable ahead of each week with a chest injury, he is nowhere to be found on the report. Safety Nate Ebner, running back Damien Harris and wide receiver Gunner Olszewski have been added as questionable, while Patrick Chung, Matt LaCosse, Danny Shelton and John Simon remain on the list (all are questionable). 

As for the Eagles, they'll be without wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, as well as running back Darren Sproles, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. The only player listed as questionable for Philadelphia is running back Jordan Howard.

Here is the final Week 11 injury report:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-1)

OUT
No Players Listed

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed

QUESTIONABLE
S Patrick Chung, Heel/Chest (Limited participant Friday)
S Nate Ebner, Ankle/Back (LP)
RB Damien Harris, Hamstring (LP)
TE Matt LaCosse, Knee (LP)
WR Gunner Olszewski, Ankle/Hamstring (LP)
DT Danny Shelton, Ankle (LP)
DE John Simon, Elbow (LP)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-4)

OUT
LB Nigel Bradham, Ankle (Did not practice)
WR Alshon Jeffery, Ankle (DNP)
RB Darren Sproles Quadricep (DNP)

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed

QUESTIONABLE
RB Jordan Howard, Shoulder (LP)

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