No surprise to anyone the Bengals are using their Franchise Tag on A.J. Green. Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green missed the entire 2019 season after he tore multiple ligaments in his left ankle during the first practice of the preseason.
Despite missing the entire season and dealing with injuries in three of his last four seasons, the Bengals plan to use the franchise tag on the seven-time Pro Bowler. Green was upset about the decision. The franchise tag is estimated to be worth around $18.5 million for the 2020 season. This, with both sides having until July 15 to reach a long-term deal.
“He’s an important guy, and he’s done it the right way,” Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin said on Tuesday. “We view him as a Bengal and want him around and want him to be part of the future.”
With the team expected to draft LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, they want to keep Green on the roster to give their new franchise quarterback a safety net to throw to. Burrow is already looking forward to next season.
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“I think with any rookie quarterback, the more help you can get, the better, and A.J.’s been one of the best players at his position for a very long time,” Burrow said.
However, Green said he “definitely” would not participate in organized team activities if he was given the franchise tag.
“The tag is $18 million, so I’m not running away from that,” Green said. “But that also shows that they’re not committed, and in that circumstance, I have to protect myself.”
Before sitting out the entire season, Green, who turns 32 in July. Was one of the NFL’s most productive receivers since the Bengals drafted him in 2011. Green’s 8,907 receiving yards rank fourth since he entered the league. He is second in Cincinnati history in total receptions (602), receiving yards (8,907) and receiving touchdowns (63).