Bengals’ A.J. Green On Franchise Tag

Bengals star A.J. Green has ostensibly been pushing to play, but even he admits that a 2019 return is unlikely. This week, Green told the team website that he’s probably not going to suit up in the final two games, wiping out the entirety of his ninth NFL season. 

With Green’s season over before it could even start, the focus shifts to 2020 and his pending free agency. Green, understandably, would prefer an extension to the franchise tag, but he says a one-year cuff won’t prompt a season-long holdout.

I have no problem with the franchise (tag). I don’t like it, but I’m not a guy that’s going to sit out the whole year,” Green said. “But at the end of the day, that shows me they’re not committed to me. That’s fine. They have a business they have to run. As the player I have my own business, so if you do that I have to protect myself.”

If you’re not committed to me long-term, I understand. There are no hard feelings. You have a business to run. All great businesses face difficult decisions. I understand that. For me, I have to make a big decision as well.”

But even if he doesn’t hold out for the entire season, Green is more than prepared to stay away from the team throughout the offseason program and training camp if he does not get a long-term deal, as Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic writes. Dehner also reports that a source close to Green says, despite what Green has indicated to the public, the wideout never intended to play after suffering his foot injury in training camp.

Dehner believes the Bengals will in fact put the franchise tag on Green, and in order to avoid an unpleasant distraction throughout the spring and summer of 2020, when they will presumably be focusing on the development of a rookie QB, he thinks they should set a deadline prior to the opening of free agency in March to either trade or extend their star wideout. Of course, determining his value could be difficult given his recent injury history and the fact that he won’t have played a game since Week 13 of the 2018 season, but such a deadline could be

Green knows he could wind up elsewhere, but he says his goal remains to “break every receiving record” in Cincinnati. Green already has the most 100-yard games (33) in franchise history, but he’s aiming to top Chad Johnson’s career records of most yards (10,784), catches (752) and touchdowns (70).

To date, Green has 602 catches for 8,907 yards and 63 touchdowns, all with the Bengals.

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    • davidmp2

      If he signs a 3 year deal he’ll do it. He’d only need to average in the range of 50 catches/yr for something like 650 yards.

  1. carlos15

    They shouldn’t be committed to a 32 year old injury prone receiver for the long term. Especially when the team is far from contending and he hasn’t performed at a high level consistently over the last few years.

  2. braveshomer

    get out AJ!…go make a run with Ravens, Pat’s, Chiefs or even Philly for a few years and actually contend

    • Miklo916

      Philly is a contender lol might want to check standing only reason there in playoff hunt is cowboy can’t seem to perform when there suppose to

  3. Tag and trade candidate. Can get a couple late round picks, like Landry did a couple years ago for the Dolphins… doesn’t help he sat out the entire year injured though.

  4. mcmillankmm

    He got hurt in training camp…and then never got healthy enough to play…why should they commit to him?

  5. mcmillankmm

    A franchise tag would be more than he deserves over a 3 year period so I don’t see why he shouldn’t sign it

  6. echozulu88

    Tag and trade? Either during the off/season or mid-season hoping he builds value back up

  7. Declining, aging, and has missed the last year and a half. No team would even think of giving him a multi-year deal nor would anyone give him much money. Of course he’s interested in the franchise tag because it’s a boatload of money and he has zero chance otherwise of getting that much. The tag for WR will be something like $17 million. He’d be lucky to get a one year deal for $5 million on the open market.

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