A.J. Green has been patiently waiting for a contract extension with the Bengals, but could now be the time?
On Saturday afternoon, Julio Jones signed a massive extension with the Atlanta Falcons, agreeing to a five-year deal worth a reported $71.25 million, with $47 million guaranteed.
After the Bengals beat the Bears on Saturday night, Paul Dehner Jr. spoke to Green about his thoughts on Jones' deal.
Talked to A.J. Green in LR about the Julio Jones contract. "It's good for him. All receivers are getting bank so we'll see if I get there."— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 30, 2015
Green on being last of 4 left w/out deal: "We will see. If it happens, it happens. If it don’t I’ll go out there and play. We’ll see."— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 30, 2015
Green, Jones, Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant, were all expected to be in talks for extensions this offseason and Green is now the only player of the four who has yet to reach an extension with their respective team. With two weeks until the Bengals' Week 1 game in Oakland, the clock is ticking for Green and the Bengals to reach an extension before the season begins.
It wouldn't be hard to imagine Green's numbers looking similar to Jones', which averages $14.25 million per year for five years. Thomas and Bryant's five-year deals netted each of them $70 million with $43.75 million and $45 million respectively in guarantees.
If Green and the Bengals don't reach an extension before the season begins, Green will play out the year on his fifth-year option, which nets him $10.176 million this season.