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Would You Rather: Sign A.J. Green or Emmanuel Sanders in Free Agency

Max Staley
Divisional Round - Minnesota Vikings v San Francisco 49ers
Divisional Round - Minnesota Vikings v San Francisco 49ers / Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images
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Emmanuel Sanders and A.J. Green are the two best veteran wideouts set to hit free agency this offseason. While there's been plenty of speculation suggesting the Cincinnati Bengals will use the franchise tag on Green, there's still a solid chance he could hit the open market.

If Green does indeed enter free agency, let's take a look at which WR you'd rather sign in this offseason.

Emmanuel Sanders Free Agency

Sanders proved he's still got something left in the tank in 2019, tallying a combined 869 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns with the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers. Of course, he didn't always have the best opportunity to showcase his game in SF, as the 49ers were one of the NFL's most run-heavy teams.

Still, though, Sanders has proven he's recovered from what many feared would be a devastating Achilles injury suffered in 2018. His ceiling might not be as high as it once was, but he should have a relatively high floor going forward, especially if he lands in the right situation.

A.J. Green Free Agency

On the other hand, though, Green has as high a ceiling as pretty much any wideout, but injury concerns give him a really low floor. Over the past two seasons, he's only played in a combined nine games, most recently missing his entire 2019 campaign.

But the last time we saw him on the field, he still looked to be among the best WRs in football. Through his first eight games of 2018, he tallied 694 receiving yards and 6 TDs, putting him on a 16-game pace to rack up 1,388 receiving yards and 12 TDs on 15.1 yards per reception.

While Sanders is likely the safer bet of the two, the upside that Green brings is simply too tantalizing to overlook. If he's healthy, whichever team ends up with Green will have added one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Even with what is sure to be a hefty price tag, that's a risk worth taking.


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