The Cincinnati Bengals and Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green have agreed to a contract extension, according to Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Per Ian Rapoport, it is a four year extension worth $60 million:
The #Bengals and AJ Green have agreed to a 4-year extension worth $60M, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 11, 2015
Green was set to play out the final year of his rookie contract in 2015 with the franchise tag coming in 2016 if an extension didn't get done before next March. Thankfully, the Bengals don't have to worry about that now, as Green is set to become a very rich man.
It's been an offseason full of long-term extensions for big-time receivers. Julio Jones became the latest to get a massive extension done after he and the Atlanta Falcons agreed to a five-year deal worth a reported $71 million in August. Two other receivers' extensions have come this offseason; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas each signed five-year deals worth $70 million, with Bryant taking home $45 million guaranteed and Thomas signing for $43.5 million guaranteed.
Green, a fifth-year player, has been voted to the Pro Bowl four times in four years in the NFL. He led the Bengals in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,041) and receiving touchdowns (six) in 2014, despite having missed significant time due to injuries.
In his fourth season, Green registered five 100-yard games, including a career-best 224 yard game on December 7, 2014 vs. Pittsburgh. His 224 yards rank second-most for a game in Bengals history. He set a career high for catches (12) on November 23, 2014 at Houston. He also missed Cincinnati's Wild Card loss to the Colts due to a concussion suffered in Week 17 at Pittsburgh.
It was Green's first missed playoff game after playing in each of his first three from 2012-2014. Including the playoffs, Green has missed just five of a possible 68 games during his first four years in the league.
When he was on the field in 2014, Green was still one of the most feared receivers in football. A big reason why was his ability to make big plays almost every time he touched the ball. That was evident in Pro Football Focus' yards-per-route-run statistic, which Green led in 2014 with 2.96 YPRR.