Your right, Green is on the Franchise tag, so they owe him $18.7 million even if they cut him. Franchise tags are guaranteed money. So no, they are not cutting him. His salary is about $1.7 million a game. The trade deadline is 10/29, so if they traded for him then, he would still be owed over $10 million. I'm not sure if he would garner a third round comp pick, because I doubt anyone is going to sign him for that kind of money, so guess the Pats could try trading the Brady comp pick for him. But he looks disinterested at best in playing football. Ten years in Cincy will do that to you, you would have to hope that a change of scenery would help.
The thing is that there is not much value when it comes to WR trades the way this season has shaken out.
If you look at the bottom feeders and kinda cross reference it against cap space for 2021 there is not much that comes up.
Given that Quinn/Patricia will most probably both lose their job I don't think the Lions are in trading mode at all (unless they get fired next week) so it looks like Golladay is off the table.
The Giants don't have any WR on their healthy roster that is interesting. Shepard is on IR with a toe injury.
The Falcons have Julio on 15M which is pretty similar to where AJ Green would be and no reason to give up on Ridley.
Washington has a healthy cap situation and no reason to move on from Mclaurin.
And. so. on.
So far there really doesn't seem to be any obvious opportunity to do something at WR. If the Texans lose their next two maybe one out of Fuller (upcoming FA), Cooks, Still, Cobb becomes available ? They are not in dire cap shape but they might want to have more picks for the new regime.
Maybe the Jaguars would move on from Westbrook ?
I don't know.. just spitballing. Not even sure anyone coming in that late would even have that much of an impact.