The Bengals may not have to worry much about losing their top wideout.
Cincinnati star wide receiver AJ Green says that he wants to remain a member of the team that drafted him as he enters a contract year.
"Cincinnati is home for me,” Green said, “I’ve been here nine years... All I know is Cincinnati. I can’t see myself playing anywhere else or playing in a different city. Hopefully, I can be here for a couple more years.”
Green is entering the final season of a four-year, $58 million dollar extension that he signed back in 2015, and the Bengals would be wise to lock him up for the future.
A seven-time Pro Bowler, Green has clearly established himself as one of the league's premier pass-catchers, hauling in 8,907 yards and 63 touchdowns in 111 career games. It's even more impressive when taken into consideration that he's gotten the job done under severely underwhelming head coach Marvin Lewis, who's mercifully no longer in the picture.
Highest-Paid WRs - 2019 Season— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) June 7, 2019
M. Evans - $20M
S. Watkins - $19.2M
OBJ - $17M
B. Cooks - $15.3M
AJ Green - $15.2M
A. Robinson - $15M
TY Hilton - $15M
A. Brown - $14.9M
A. Jeffery - $14.7M
J. Landry - $14.1M
D. Hopkins - $14M
A. Cooper - $13.9M
J. Jones - $13.4M
Even in a year plagued with injury that ultimately ended due to season-ending toe surgery, Green was still able to grab close to 700 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2018.
He's the face of this franchise and the heart of the offense. With his interest to return now entirely out in the open, the Bengals are in prime position to lock up one of the best players in the NFL.