One of the things on the Cincinnati Bengals’ plate, business-wise, is dealing with a long-term contract for Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green, their most potent offensive weapon. The club soon will exercise an option for another year on his deal, Pro Football Talk says, but hasn’t started talks on an extension.
Even if the Bengals do nothing about a new deal, Green is contractually bound to them for 2014 and 2015 — even 2016 if they wanted to go the franchise tag route. He makes a reported $3.1 million in base salary this year, and if the club exercises the option, that jumps to nearly $10.2 million in guaranteed money for 2015 (per Cincy Jungle).
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Any way you look at it, Green is a premier receiver. After a 65-catch rookie year in 2011, he has had 97- and 98-reception seasons, totaling over 1,000 yards each year.
Should Green be at all displeased about a lack of progress on a new contract, his options are limited, as PFT says. Should he decide not to report to training camp, it would cost him $30,000 per day, as determined by the collective bargaining agreement. So that’s why coach Marvin Lewis told PFT he isn’t worried about a holdout.
“No, there’s no concern of that,” Lewis said. “Actually, there’s a lot in place to keep those guys from doing that the way the CBA was written to prevent that. Obviously, A.J. is going to be well taken care of for a long time. There’s not an automatic you have to do it right now. There’s things in place to keep him, to continue, to keep him playing under contract and move forward.”