A.J. Green isn't fretting over not having a long-term contract completed as he enters his fifth training camp as an NFL player with the Cincinnati Bengals.
He's not like some of his NFL peers who have gone to great lengths to voice their displeasure with not having a long-term contract done as they enter the upcoming season. Green is simply letting his play do the talking and hoping the rest works itself out.
"All that contract stuff really doesn't bother me, because when you put in the work, the body of work I've put in, it speaks for itself," Green said in a recent interview with FOX 10. "My time is coming. It's always what great athletes dream of, to finish with the team that gave them their first opportunity. Cincinnati is a great place. We're a great team that can be good for a long time. We've got a lot of young talent. So it would be great to stay there. I want to stay there. I think they're going to get something done."
Like the Cowboys' Dez Bryant and Broncos' Demaryius Thomas, Green will almost certainly get the franchise tag slapped on him next March before he's able to hit unrestricted free agency. Both Thomas and Bryant recently got five-year, $70-million extensions that could fall in line with what Green is asking from the Bengals.
At this point, it looks as though Green and the Bengals are content with him playing out the final year of his contract before negotiations heat up prior to next March's free agency period beginning. A big reason why could be the host of other free agents Cincinnati needs to work on getting re-signed. While many of those players are important to the Bengals, none of them are likely to draw the franchise tag next March, something Cincinnati is fully ready to use on Green.
Here's a video of Green's interview from FOX10 News | WALA.