Few verbal queues from the Bengals' organization support a forthcoming trade, but it makes complete sense for a team badly needing to rebuild. On the last year of his deal, should the Bengals not trade the aging star, they are certain to lose him in free agency though it's not out of the question that Green desires to retire with the same team he was drafted by. To wit, Green, who idolizes Larry Fitzgerald has been said to desire staying with the Bengals. The estimate for Green's next contract is for three years and $50M, a substantial sum for a team needing to get younger and, in the end, it's a business decision.
In the linked article, the teams mentioned for possible trade are the 49ers, Packers and, of course, the Patriots, all having sizable need at the position. Cincinnati can't afford to allow players to depart without compensation and attendance at home games continues to be a significant problem. Losing Green won't help with attendance but it's well understood what needs to happen. Estimates for compensation seem to be at no more than a second round pick, draft capital which could go a long way to aiding in the rebuild. For Green, who has struggled with injuries off and on from 2014, the future is uncertain. Even with a new team, he'd have to display a level of durability and consistency not seen in some time to recapture his flagging dynasty value. A.J. Green is currently DLF's WR28.