A.J Green expected to sign franchise tender in CincinnatiBy Amber Lee
The Cincinnati Bengals know that star receiver A.J Green is integral to their offense’s success for the upcoming season. While he will be on the field in 2020, though, Green’s future in Cincinnati might now be in greater doubt.
Cincinnati began its offseason by immediately placing the franchise tag on A.J. Green. Determined to keep the All-Pro receiver under contract, the Bengals guaranteed that he would return for the 2020 NFL season.
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While the offense could surprise people in 2020, the team could now be at risk of losing Green next offseason. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, A.J Green is expected to sign his franchise tender then play out the season under the tag.
Green played in just nine games during the 2018 NFL season then dealt with more injuries during training camp in 2019. Ultimately, he missed the entire season after undergoing ankle surgery during the summer.
By placing the franchise tag on Green, which will give him $17.8 million, the Bengals had until July 15 to negotiate a contract extension with him. Ultimately, it is in Green’s best interests to prove he is healthy this year and can thrive with Joe Burrow.
A seven-time pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, another dominant season from Green would put him in a great position to cash in next offseason.