The Bengals hope to soon have two of their best players locked up for the foreseeable future. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is entering the final year of his contract, and contract talks are believed to be progressing enough that a new deal will be reached by the start of the 2014 NFL season.
Wide receiver AJ Green has two years left before becoming a free agent. The Bengals plan to focus more on getting him re-signed once they work out extensions for Burfict and quarterback Andy Dalton.
Thankfully, the Bengals have positioned themselves extremely well to have enough money this year and in 2015 to be able to re-sign them both.
But what if they hadn't? What if it actually came down to having to pick one of them to re-sign?
Both are young, in their prime and among the best at their respective positions. It's no secret that receivers have more value than linebackers in today's pass-happy NFL, but is that true with Cincinnati?
Is Green really more important to the Bengals than Burfict? With so many weapons on offense, it's conceivable to see them being good without Green.
But on defense, how big of a loss would it be to lose the NFL's leader in tackles from last year?