The full A.J. Green deal

AP

On Friday, the Bengals became the latest team to do a long-term deal with a player entering the final year of his contract. The full details of Green’s four-year $60 million extension — which equates to a total package of $70.176 million over five years — appear below.

1. Green receives a $15 million roster bonus, with all money paid out by January 31, 2016.

2. Green has a base salary of $11.75 million in 2015, which is as a practical matter guaranteed.

3. Green receives a $6 million roster bonus if on the active roster as of the third day of the 2016 league year. The payment is not guaranteed.

4. Green has a base salary of $3.8 million in 2016.

5. Green has a base salary of $10.3 million in 2017.

6. Green has a base salary of $10.55 million in 2018.

7. Green has a base salary of $11.976 million in 2019.

8. Green is eligible for a $200,000 workout bonus in 2016 through 2019.

Green makes $26.75 million this year, and he will have earned $32.75 million by March. While next year’s pay isn’t guaranteed, he’ll walk away with $26.75 million if they cut him after this season — which means they won’t.

He makes $35.95 million over two years and $46.45 million over three.

The cap numbers are $14.75 million in 2015, $13 million in 2016, $13.5 million in 2017, $13.75 million in 2018, and $15.176 million in 2019.

The deal has a new-money average of $15 million, and a total value average of $14.03 million. It gets Green back to the market a year earlier that Falcons receiver Julio Jones, who signed a five-year extension.

The new-money average exceeds Jones by $750,000 per year, and the total value surpasses the five-year, $14 million deals done by Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas in July. Both had played five years and were working under the franchise tag. Green has only four years of service.

14 responses to “The full A.J. Green deal

  1. The out sized contracts with skill position players tend to correlate with lousy performance. Give me journeyman so I can spend money on OL and defense.

  2. Lots of receivers getting paid this offseason… but when’s the last time a top-ten WR won the Super Bowl? Colts in 2006? Tough to build a strong team if you drop a boatload of money on your QB and his WR1 and neglect your other positions (see: Detroit having to let Suh leave).

  3. This made too much sense not to get done but can’t help but think the cash spending floor might have influenced the front office in coming to their ‘senses’

  4. No long term protection for him. He has a serious injury this season, the team could walk away from him.

    Very ‘flat’ numbers. If he outplays (which just means he keeps doing what he’s doing while the cap goes up) he has to rely on the team renegotiating.

  5. gabrosin says:
    Sep 11, 2015 6:04 PM
    Lots of receivers getting paid this offseason… but when’s the last time a top-ten WR won the
    Super Bowl? Colts in 2006? Tough to build a strong team if you drop a boatload of money on
    your QB and his WR1 and neglect your other positions (see: Detroit having to let Suh leave).

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    You can say that about any and every position in football, so you have no point to what you are trying to say.

  6. Are you sure about the per year cap numbers? Those would be correct if the $15 mil is a signing bonus but you reported it as a roster bonus which hits the cap this year. The Bengals have front loaded other contracts recently such as Rey Maualuga or Domata Peko so maybe they are carrying Green at a 26 mil cap hit.

  7. Overpaid for an alligator arm receiver that shrinks in big games. You would almost think he was related to Peyton Manning.

  8. tleatherma says:
    Sep 11, 2015 7:06 PM

    Is this the Bengals spending money! WOW!!

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    It’s not a new thing. There is an incorrect perception about the Bengals and their spending habits. They pay their guys well, but they will never put themselves in a position where they have to start releasing productive players because of cap issues.

  9. the patriots don’t win because they cheat, they win because they are smarter than everyone else. why would you waste this much cap space on this position? its idiotic. how many years does brady have to play to prove any running back or wide receiver can be plugged in. talent isn’t what matters, consistency is.

  10. Everyone said that was too much money for Dez and Demarius, looks like the cowboys and broncos made the right deals.

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