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Bengals News (7/16): Still valued

A.J. Green and the Bengals failed to agree to a long term deal, but the franchise is still very committed to the wide receiver.

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Bengals still hope to strike a long-term deal with wide receiver A.J. Green
The one known heading into the 2020 training camp season is this: the Bengals are still riding the wave of one of their most successful offseasons ever. Between a consensus A-rated draft that yielded franchise quarterback Joe Burrow and a record-breaking haul in free agency that remade their defense with a half dozen players fresh from the playoffs, players and coaches have continually expressed their desire for the next chapter to start unfolding.

QB Joe Burrow, #1 Pick in 2020 NFL Draft, Inside The Selection
When the Bengals were back in Paul Brown Stadium on the night of Nov. 9 last year making final arrangements to play the Ravens the next day, Mike Potts, their college scouting director, already glimpsed the future and spied the draft room's big board that yielded Joe Burrow No. 1 to the Bengals in Thursday night's draft.

A.J. Green finds his value with Bengals, setting up potential split in 2021
After 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, the veteran wide receiver got his answer. The two sides failed to agree on a new contract, which means Green will likely play the 2020 season on the one-year franchise tag worth $17.9 million, assuming he eventually signs the paperwork as expected.

Cincinnati Bengals: Geno Atkins snubbed in latest Madden ratings
Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Geno Atkins isn’t one of the highest-graded pass rushers in the upcoming “Madden NFL 21” from EA Sports.

Bengals cap space outlook after no long-term deal with A.J. Green
Green has yet to sign the tag, of course. But there’s no deadline to do so — provided he wants to play. Wednesday’s deadline was for teams to agree to long-term deals with their franchised players.

Will Bengals remove franchise tender from A.J. Green?
With no long-term deal between the Bengals and receiver A.J. Green, the 10th-year veteran remains eligible to earn $17.865 million under the one-year franchise tender in 2020. Because he has yet to sign the tender, he can withhold services from training camp and the preseason (if there is one), showing up just before the start of the regular season and earning the full amount of his franchise-player pay.

Cincinnati Bengals: No long-term contract for A.J. Green
NFL teams had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to come to a long-term agreement with their franchise-tagged players, and Green was one of 13 players who were still awaiting new deals going into deadline day. Only he and Jaguars defensive end Yannkick Ngakoue had not signed their tender. The Bengals were hesitant to extend Green after he missed the entire 2019 season because of an ankle injury and was sidelined seven games in 2018 because of a toe injury.

2020 NFL Team Preview Series: Cincinnati Bengals
Burrow’s high-end potential — combined with additions at wide receiver and in the secondary — should immediately have the Bengals looking more competitive in 2020. However, there’s still more rebuilding to be done, from the offensive line to the see-what-sticks approach in the secondary, so hope plus patience may be the theme for the 2020 Bengals.

Bengals could suffer another Andrew Whitworth if they lose A.J. Green
Losing Whitworth dramatically set the Bengals back years, to the point they’re still trying to fix things on the field. And from a front office perspective, the Bengals botched the whole ordeal and only got a fifth-round comp pick back in exchange for the loss of one of their best tackles ever.

D.J. Reader on 'BBQ' nickname, Joe Burrow, goal for Bengals
Among topics discussed by D.J. Reader - the defensive tackle who agreed to a four-year, $53 million contract with the Bengals back in March - during an interview Wednesday with NFL Network's Good Morning Football were the reason he chose Cincinnati, his strengths and goals and his nickname from his days with the Clemson Tigers: "BBQ."

Are the Bengals and Mike Brown really that untrustworthy?
It’s no secret the Cincinnati Bengals don’t have the best rep in the NFL. Mike Brown and Co. run an insular, smaller franchise and that has a way of potentially creating the wrong impressions in league circles.

Around the league

Dak Prescott 'couldn't be happier' to play on tag with Cowboys
"I'm a Cowboy and couldn't be happier," Prescott told Jori Epstein of USA TODAY Sports Wednesday night. "I look forward to working along coach (Mike) McCarthy, the staff and my teammates to be the best team we can be in pursuit to our goal of a Super Bowl."

Derrick Henry, Titans agree to terms on four-year, $50M deal
Tennessee agreed to terms with running back Derrick Henry on a four-year deal worth $50 million right before Wednesday's deadline, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The team later confirmed it reached a long-term agreement with the RB.

Ranking tagged players based on who's most likely to stay put in '21
Fifteen players were awarded the franchise or transition tag by mid-March in a much different country than the one we reside in now. Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones and Titans running back Derrick Henry were the only two to receive a contract extension from their teams before Wednesday's deadline to get a long-term deal done in 2020.

Allen Robinson hasn't heard from Bears about contract extension
"They haven't. We haven't heard nothing," he said, via NBC Chicago. "I think just as far as me and my agent, from a the conversations that we've had, we're not necessarily anticipating hearing anything at this point. For us, we're going into camp preparing ourselves to have a good year. If that comes up and they reach out to my agent, I'm sure they'll have pretty good discussions and things like that, but again, that hasn't happened yet. Maybe it will happen. I can't predict the future, so I don't know if that will happen at all. For myself, with this being my second time going into a contract year, I know how to mentally prepare myself and I know how to block all that out."