The Bengals have officially exercised their fifth-year option for 2015 on A.J. Green, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network (via Twitter). The move will ensure that Green is locked up for the ’15 season at a cost of $10.176MM.
Since being drafted fourth overall in 2011, Green has developed into one of the NFL’s most dangerous receivers. 2013, Green’s third straight Pro Bowl season, was arguably his best year yet, as the 25-year-old established or matched career-highs in receptions (98), receiving yards (1,426), and touchdowns (11).
While the Bengals are believed to be engaged in discussions with Green’s camp about a long-term deal, the receiver indicated earlier today that he isn’t concerned with his contract situation at the moment.
“I don’t pay attention to that stuff,” Green said. “I’m still under contract. Like I say, my body of work speaks for itself. Whenever the time’s right, it’s right. That’s one thing I don’t get involved with. I just go out there and play the game and whatever happens, happens.”