Despite often being mentioned in trade rumors, Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green remained with Cincinnati Bengals past the NFL trade deadline. But things might change in the offseason.
Green, who recently returned to practice after missing the first eight weeks with an ankle injury, told reporters on Wednesday that he doesn’t want to be franchise tagged next season. In case the Bengals don’t want to give him a long term deal, the 31-year-old would prefer to move elsewhere.
“I’m not into a one-year,” – said Green. “Give me a long-term [deal] or just let me go.”
Green is currently in the final year of his four-year, $60 million contract and it is understandable that he wants long-term security. Still, he isn’t willing to use holdout, the NFL players’ preferred method of forcing a new deal.
“That’s not me,” – he added. “I’m not giving free money away. I don’t care what that is.”
A.J. Green is expected to make his debut in 2019 following Bengals’ bye in Week 10. His return will definitely help Cincinnati put some points on board, something they have been struggling with in the first eight weeks.
Green also struggled with injuries in 2018, when he was limited to nine games. Still, he managed to be productive, contributing with 694 yards and six touchdowns.