There was some question if the Cincinnati Bengals would exercise their team option on wide receiver A.J. Green or if they’d attempt to hammer out a long term deal with the wide receiver this offseason.
With just a month and a half before the May 3rd deadline to make a decision on Green’s 2015 team option, it appears the Bengals already know what they plan to do as they’ll exercise it – this according to team owner Mike Brown.
“A.J. has one difference, you can tender him (with the transition tag — $10.176 million for WR in 2014). That takes a big chunk of money. He’d probably get it anyway. It keeps him on the reservation, he’s not going to be leaving. He’s going to be here for not one more year but two more years. Even though we haven’t tendered him yet our intention is to do that and put ourselves in position to turn to others such as Dalton and we would like to turn to a couple more as well. We would like to get something long term but at least we know with A.J. we have two years. With some of the others we have one year.”
Green is set to make a relatively paltry (in comparison to his skill set) $3 million dollars for the 2014 season, though that will increase drastically come 2015 when he gets the aforementioned $10 million dollars.
The Bengals will still be able to work on a long term deal with Green if they so incline, which would kick in for the 2016 season.