The Cincinnati Bengals are not about to let Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green leave the Queen City any time soon, but if they want to keep him happy, they will need to resolve the ongoing contract dilemma with quarterback Andy Dalton.
After being named the No. 9 player in the NFL on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2014, Green appeared on the network’s Top 100 Reaction Show and lent his support to the quarterback he hopes is with him for the long haul with the Bengals.
“We came in together and that is the great thing for me and him,” Green said. “I know he’s my guy. I don’t want any other quarterback throwing me the ball. I think he feels the same way about me.”
Dalton’s contract ends at the end of the 2014 season and despite leading the Bengals to three playoff appearances in his three seasons since the club took him in the second round of NFL Draft out of TCU, his future is in a state of flux after three disappointing playoff performances.
Dalton has produced in the regular season and is coming off career-highs for passing yards with 4,293, touchdowns with 33 and quarterback rating with an 88.8 mark, but also threw a career-high 20 interceptions.
The duo of Dalton and Green has been on par with the best in the league since they entered the league, but unless Dalton can lead the Bengals to that elusive playoff victory, Green may have to develop a rapport with a new quarterback this time next season.