As the May 3 deadline for teams to exercise their fifth-year team option on players with expiring rookie deals, the Cincinnati Bengals are expected to pick up that option with star wide receiver A.J. Green.
Green is undoubtedly in the team’s future plans and could be in line for a long-term contract extension, but the Bengals have yet to begin those talks.
According to Pro Football Talk, the team is in no rush to extend their top wideout.
Green will be under contract until 2016 after the Bengals pick up his fifth-year option, so they will have plenty of time to figure out how they can make Green one of the highest paid players in the league.
In the meantime, Green is set to make just over $3 million in 2014 before his salary triples in 2015. Because Green was a top ten pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the collective bargaining agreement will require the Bengals to pay Green the 2014 transition tag number for wide receivers ($10.176 million) next season.