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Bengals pick up 2015 option on A.J. Green

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The Bengals have extended the contract of one of their Pro Bowlers by one season.

According to Albert Breer of NFL Media, the Bengals have picked up the 2015 contract option on star wide receiver A.J. Green.

Green is now slated to make $10.176 million in 2015, according to NFL Players Association data, a significant raise from the $3.06 million he is due in 2014.

The No. 4 overall pick in 2011, the 25-year-old Green quickly established himself as Cincinnati’s go-to target. Last season, he caught a career-best 98 passes for 1,426 yards and matched his career high of 11 receiving touchdowns. Green has made the Pro Bowl in all three of his NFL seasons.

Teams have until May 3 to exercise the right to add a fifth year to the contract of 2011 first-round picks.

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20 Responses to “Bengals pick up 2015 option on A.J. Green”
  1. bishopbengals says: Apr 21, 2014 4:16 PM

    Woo! A reason to be excited. It’s exciting going from one pro bowl receiver to another. We’re the Colts of receivers. With that said though, I expect AJ to take his game to another level this year.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 21, 2014 4:22 PM

    Andy Dalton STILL doesn’t have a reliable #2 wide receiver (Marvin Jones is a #3 wr masquerading as a #2 wr. (SEE: mike brown’s cheapness).

    Factor in Jermaine Gresham’s lack of explosiveness and dependability, Mohammed Sanu’s invisibility, and the center and guard positions… and… Andy Dalton will still be forced to run 1.5 seconds after the ball is hiked against playoff defenses.

  3. ragnarthemagnificent says: Apr 21, 2014 4:26 PM

    Is that him dancing on the back of new 49’ers CB Chris Cook? I think it is.

  4. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 21, 2014 4:33 PM

    Unless they told him he can leave to go play with a winner, it wasn’t much of an option at all. I’ve never felt sorrier for a guy slated to make $10M.

  5. vegaskid21 says: Apr 21, 2014 4:38 PM

    10 million for a top 3 wide receiver? Sounds like a bargain to me

  6. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 21, 2014 4:42 PM

    Even with the Bengals secondary issues, offensive line issues, and lack of quality receiving depth… Andy Dalton will still lead the 2014 Cincinnati Bengals to win the AFC North in 2014.

  7. bengalguy says: Apr 21, 2014 4:49 PM

    The only player if feel sorrier for is Antonio Brown. Pretty good receiver stuck on a losing franchise with aging players and upper mgmnt that has NO CLUE how it works……..laughable.
    That being said, Congrats on staying with a winner AJ.

  8. joetoronto says: Apr 21, 2014 4:57 PM

    Andy Dalton, LOL!

  9. joemammy says: Apr 21, 2014 5:04 PM

    A.J. Green…the poor man’s Josh Gordon.

  10. ravenswhat says: Apr 21, 2014 5:46 PM

    This guy would be megatron if he had any guy not named Andy Dalton flinging noodle arm bombs to him.

  11. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 21, 2014 5:48 PM

    I hope he loves being on the one and dones…..priceless.

  12. coachbeck says: Apr 21, 2014 6:18 PM

    Lol at the josh Gordon comment …. Dude is one mistake away from being suspended. And AJ is a true professional

  13. nattination says: Apr 21, 2014 10:34 PM

    AJ is the best pure receiver in the league. Without a question. His hands and body control are what makes him the best. Calvin is a physical freak playing receiver. No DB can match up against him. He is too big and strong. AJ makes the catches no one else can. That’s what I think at least. And for Josh Gordon. I think the jury is still out. He had some amazing games. But now everyone knows about him and can he play with two or three guys covering him? AJ has been the only receiver on his team since he got drafted and has had over a thousand yards every year. Don’t see him slowing down anytime soon.

  14. xcflqb7 says: Apr 21, 2014 11:38 PM

    No DB can stop him – but the Red Pop Gun can and does

  15. jdphx says: Apr 21, 2014 11:56 PM

    Well, with “pound the rock” Hue calling plays.
    And Raggedy Andy throwing him one-hoppers,
    I find it hard to think he matches last year’s stats.

  16. bonniebengal says: Apr 22, 2014 7:31 AM

    That means the Bengals have him 3 more years because they would certainly franchise him in 2016 if they don’t get a deal done. I think they will probably get one done much sooner than that.

  17. troy43mvp says: Apr 22, 2014 8:42 AM

    They should have given him a signing bonus for each of the past playoff wins……..Oh Wait!! That’s Right!

  18. scoobies05 says: Apr 22, 2014 12:19 PM

    truly outstanding receiver…imagine how good he would be if he had a qb

  19. dem5957 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:47 AM

    Maybe that’s why the Bengals extended him and he hasn’t signed a new deal? Perhaps he wants out? Remember indentured servitude via the franchise tag is over. No non QB player can be tagged more than twice. Can you imagine the frenzy for AJ Green? That means at the end of his 7th year he would be a UFA? on his 2nd contract? Can we say $150 million dollar man at WR?

  20. londonbengal says: Apr 23, 2014 3:44 PM

    I’m a Bengal fan, and I love AJ like everyone else, but this god-like worship gets a little old sometimes.

    Folks criticise Dalton for his poor play, but lets not forget he dropped a perfect bomb right into AJ’s wheelhouse v The Chargers, which AJ plain drops….

    So, lets pay the guy; but he ain’t no Jerry just yet…….

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