Bengals’ A.J. Green Unlikely To Receive Extension

No surprise here. With hours to go before the franchise tag extension deadline, there’s little optimism that the Bengals and A.J. Green will come to an accord, as’s Jeremy Fowler tweets. Green has yet to formally sign his franchise tag, but the expectation is that he will play on it. There will be no holdout, and there will be no extension for the wide receiver – at least, until sometime after the 2020 season. 

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All along, Green has made it clear that he’ll show up for work, no matter what. That doesn’t mean he’ll be a happy camper, however.

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 late last year. “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.”

Green, who will turn 32 at the end of the month, missed all of last season and roughly half of his 2018 campaign to injury. Before that, he was a Pro Bowler in each of his first seven NFL seasons. And, in every season in which he’s played at least 13 games, he’s topped 1,000 yards receiving.

Despite his age and injury history, the Bengals applied the one-year, ~$18MM tag to Green to keep him from reaching free agency. Green, meanwhile, wants long-term security at a rate that reflects his past accomplishments. Green didn’t get far in talks with the Bengals this year, but he is “fully healthy” and eager to reassert himself as one of the game’s premier offensive players.

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10 comments on “Bengals’ A.J. Green Unlikely To Receive Extension

  1. scvanguard1

    “Green, meanwhile, wants long-term security at a rate that reflects his past accomplishments.”

    Why do players think they should get paid in the future for what they’ve done in the past?

    • mcmillankmm

      Hahaha so true…missed all of 2019 and half of 2018…he’s lucky he was even tagged.

      • scvanguard1

        Exactly. Being tagged and getting $18M IS what you get for your past…

        • TheBlueMeanie

          That’s their “Sorry, you had to waste your career on the Bengals” payment.

  2. mdunkel

    Not committed? Pay you 2 years for 6 months worth. OMG are you kidding me. Dude get in the real world.

  3. mlbnyyfan

    AJ deserves to go somewhere else. He’s been stuck in NFL purgatory way too long.

  4. camdenyards46

    Underrated why the Bengals don’t want to make a long term commitment to someone who has only been available in 9 out of their last 32 games.

  5. hinglemccringleberry

    When he’s healthy, he’s a beast. He’ll go elsewhere and play well.

  6. letmeclearmythroat74

    I am so sick of stupid comments about the Bengals being purgatory, the worst organization so on and so on … since 2000 there are 13 other teams with less wins than the Bengals. Look it up … it’s true. Now that’s close to the middle of the pack and I don’t claim the Bengals are a class organization by any means… but to claim they are so bad over and over is BS. Yes, the playoffs have been a sore spot but do your homework before sounding off nonsense.

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