Coach Zac Taylor said Green (ankle) is healthy and has been working out in Atlanta, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Green had already been planning to work out on his own this spring, as he said he wouldn't participate in the Bengals' offseason program on a franchise tag, per Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. Green also suggested he might miss part of training camp if he doesn't get a multi-year contract before the July 15 deadline, but he mentioned he'll be ready to play in the regular season in any case. The veteran wideout dealt with a few setbacks after ankle surgery in late July, ultimately missing the entire 2019 season. He now seems to be healthy with plenty of time to spare before the start of his age-32 campaign.
Green (ankle) has been informed he'll receive a franchise tag, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. This has been expected for a while, and Green even mentioned in December that he wouldn't mind being tagged. The price should be around $18.5 million, which is good money for a 31-year-old coming off a missed season. It isn't clear if the Bengals intend to discuss a long-term extension, but this does suggest that they expect Green to make a full recovery from last year's ankle injury. Once that happens, he'll likely get to work with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, the presumed No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Green (ankle) is expected to get a franchise tag, ESPN.com's Ben Bay reports. Players typically don't appreciate the tag, but Green actually mentioned in December that he wouldn't have any problem with it. He's on record wanting to finish his career in Cincinnati, and the tag price of $18.5 million is a handsome payday for a 31-year-old who missed the entire 2019 campaign and also missed six or more games in two of the previous three seasons. Green did look good when he last played in 2018, scoring six touchdowns in nine appearances while averaging 77.1 yards per game and 9.0 yards per target. Making his way back from last summer's ankle surgery, he should be ready to practice at some point this spring.
Coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday that he's hopeful the team re-signs Green (ankle) this offseason, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. "He's a big priority for us," Taylor said. "Things will have to work out over the course of the spring, but we certainly plan on A.J. being in the fold next year." Taylor also said Green is now healthy, though it isn't clear exactly what that means in terms of the wide receiver's physical activity level. The 31-year-old seems like he'll be ready for the start of the offseason program, be it with the Bengals or another team. Green is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, and while a relocation would give him a better shot at winning a Super Bowl, he's mentioned on multiple occasions that he hopes to finish his career with the Bengals. He missed the entire 2019 season after dealing with some setbacks from ankle surgery in late July.
The Bengals plan to place Green (ankle) on IR this week, Marisa Contipelli of the team's official site reports. Green thus will finish the 2019 season without having played a down. With IR decision imminent, Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Alex Erickson will head the team's wide receiver corps in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Browns. Green is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in advance of the 2020 campaign.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|12||11/29||New York Giants||29||26.00|
|3 Year Avg||74||40||591||5||31||14.78||87|