A.J. Green not looking for a new contract

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Bengals receiver A.J. Green supports the effort of Falcons receiver Julio Jones to get a new deal. Green won’t be needing the support of Jones or anyone else in an effort to do the same.

“I think the biggest thing for me, I’m always comfortable with stuff I’m doing – I signed a deal and I’m comfortable with the deal and I just live with it,” Green told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “After that’s up, we go back to the board. I don’t really get caught up in what’s the money like because I signed my deal and it was the highest paid at that point. It’s going to always go up. So you can’t keep up with that.”

Green was indeed the highest paid receiver at the time he signed his contract. Now, he’s not. Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has the top deal at $17 million per year, followed by Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans, Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins, and Browns receiver Jarvis Landry.

Green currently makes $15 million per year, more than Jones’ average of $14.25 million. And Green has only two years left on his current contract, putting him in position to get a new deal sooner than Jones, who is signed through 2020.

None of that has landed on Green’s radar.

“For me, I just keep everything simple,” Green said. “I really don’t try to get into all that other stuff. At the end of the day I just want to play football. I got my contract. I’m set for life. Now I can just go out there and play.”

So it’s $10.55 million for 2018 and $11.976 million for 2019, and then either the franchise tag or a shot at free agency — unless the Bengals extend Green before his current deal runs out.

57 responses to “A.J. Green not looking for a new contract

  1. AJ Green is a true professional. It was funny seeing him throw Jalen Ramsey around like a rag doll though. AJ beat Ramsey like Ramsey was a little kid. That was one of the most lopsided fights I have ever seen. Sometimes young players got to learn the hard way when they try to cheap shot a vet who been in the game a lot longer than they have. Ramsey definitely learned his lesson that day!

  2. If he is smart he will never sign another contract with the Bengals no matter how much they offer….

  3. I was waiting for Mike to explain that what he is doing is wrong and how he should hold out.

  4. Green will one day be in Canton for his professionalism as much as his physical skills. Would like to have seen what he could have done with a real QB. Can you imagine Brees or Rodgers to Green? Unstoppable.

  5. High character individual (who is double/triple/quadruple teamed play after play)
    and one of the best wide receivers in the nfl on a team with no offensive line
    protecting the quarterback and no other wide receivers of any quality.

    A.J. Green DESTROYED lil’ ramsey.

  6. It’s amazing how every story on a football blog has a comment that somehow references trump.

  7. wahoo21 says:
    June 24, 2018 at 4:26 pm
    What a concept…..Honor the contract you were satisfied with and signed
    ___________________

    Now if only the teams honored the contracts.

    See here’s how it goes, if the team’s can cut you at anytime for “under-performing” or getting injured, then players have every right to expect a better deal when they outplay their contract.

    If you don’t like it, turn off your teevee and get your fat, $15/ hour arse off the couch and do something else.

  8. AJ has his head don right.
    Imagine psyching yourself into being unhappy (like Julio Jones) because you are only making 75MM instead of 85MM.

    The only NFL players who do get screwed are star running backs not taken in the first round.
    They get 600K for 4 years, and have shorter careers so get less chance to earn big money.
    A RB taken in round 2 who turns out to be great loses out on half their potential lifetime earnings.

  9. stubborndata says:
    June 24, 2018 at 4:31 pm
    too bad he playa for the ohio trump voters i mean the bengals

    ———-

    Yep. Ohio, Michigan, PA, Florida, wisconsin, Texas, both Carolinas, Georgia… trump voters were everywhere. Run a better candidate next time.

    Seriously though, AJ is the man, a consummate professional. Hope he never leaves Cincy.

  10. Well look at that.

    An elite, NFL wide receiver with a good, rational head on his shoulders. Never thought I’d see the day… AB, Julio, Odell (coming from a Giants fan): take notes.

  11. stubborndata says:
    June 24, 2018 at 4:31 pm
    too bad he playa for the ohio trump voters i mean the bengals

    ———-

    Surely you realize the city of Cleveland had more “Trump voters” than Cincinnati…

    In any case, who cares? That election was more of a joke than the 2000 election (which 90% of the population seems to have forgotten about)

  12. Trump win fair and square…give it up. Please explain how a Russian could have altered the outcome. I remember Obama saying it’s impossible for our election to be rigged…so what all the fuss about?

  13. I respect Green’s point of view. I also respect where Julio is coming from. Teams cut players before their contract is over. Get what you can get while you can.

  14. stubborndata says:
    June 24, 2018 at 4:31 pm
    too bad he playa for the ohio trump voters i mean the bengals

    ———–

    Are you going to be able to make it 6 1/2 more years bro?

  15. A lot of these comments are just dumb… these athletes play for billionaires who shed their contracts if they dont perform…yet if they outperform their contract and hold out you call them divas…its called smart negotiating…they have to look out for their families future.

  16. he plays for the kitty kitties. how bad could he possibly get? oh wait…….. NO SUPERBOWLS LOSERS!!!!! HOORAH!!!

  17. Good, because if he was and we didn’t support it we would be racists according to you.

  18. by all i accounts this kid seems to be pretty smart, humble, and cognitive of his life in general.

    yes, he is honoring his contract, but that doesnt mean he should be bound to it if the owners dont have to. its easy to make an argument both ways. but he is set for life, and as long as he stays healthy he is pretty sure that at some point down the road that he will be again the highest paid wr.

    Ramsey hit a nerve on a normally chill dude. watch out for the quiet ones.

  19. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    June 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm
    Let’s be honest: He plays for Mike Brown. The Red Sea will part again before Brown authorizes a mega-contract earlier than absolutely necessary.

    Really? That’s weird. Chad Johnson got new contracts on more than 1 occasion with years
    still left on his contract but lets keep living in the late 90’s. Bengals have been in the
    top 10 in payroll, (money spent) quite a bit. Look it up yourself.

  20. He knows he will never get a ring with the Bengals. He’s going to play out his current deal and then end up signing with a contender for a year or two and call it a day. That is what I read out of his comment.

  21. Are you going to be able to make it 6 1/2 more years bro?

    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    Don’t you mean 6 1/2 more months bro?

  22. He should hold out. I think it should cost me 10 grand to go to a game and regular season sponsor fees should be what the super bowl costs for 30 seconds. That will keep the NFL in business forever. While we’re at it, why not have the government slap a 100% tax on tickets and merchandise. We aren’t paying enough right now.

  23. Now if only teams would do the same. Amazes me how many of your average Joe’s side on the billionaire’s side, when they couldn’t give a flying “f word” about you.

    wahoo21 says:
    June 24, 2018 at 4:26 pm
    What a concept…..Honor the contract you were satisfied with and signed

  24. stubborndata says:
    June 24, 2018 at 4:31 pm
    too bad he playa for the ohio trump voters i mean the bengals

    ——————
    If the man is all you can think about then truly he has stolen your power.

  25. It’s all “he’s a good boy for honoring his contract” until it comes out that the real reason is that he wants to test the market and hopes to get out of Cincinnati so he’s just playing it out because being on a winning team means more than money.

    That Jones guy who is so evil for wanting a new deal and actually wanting to stay on the team that drafted him long term is trying to avoid being a free agent. Loyalty from star players is something that’s missing in sports today and the man absolutely deserves reassurance that he’ll be a Falcon past next season. I’d rather have a league of guys trying to get long term deals with the teams they’re currently on than the NFL be like the NBA where everyone honors their contract but just so they can up and find some super team to go to afterword because no one wants to stay with the team who drafted them.

  26. harveyredman says:
    June 24, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    wahoo21 says:
    June 24, 2018 at 4:26 pm
    What a concept…..Honor the contract you were satisfied with and signed
    ___________________

    Now if only the teams honored the contracts.

    See here’s how it goes, if the team’s can cut you at anytime for “under-performing” or getting injured, then players have every right to expect a better deal when they outplay their contract.

    If you don’t like it, turn off your teevee and get your fat, $15/ hour arse off the couch and do something else.
    _______________________
    Actually the teams do honor the contracts.They agree to pay player their agreed upon salary as long as they employ that player. If no guarantee in the contract, the team is doing nothing wrong when they cut player.

  27. This guy is the best WR in the game and might be the best player. Period. Unparalleled on the sideline and better every year. Back when FA started I was secretly hoping the Bengals would trade Dalton (Jets, Denver) and make a play for Case Keenum. Boost the O-line a little and you’d have the type of offense capable of keeping pace in what used to be a slug-it-out division.

    This is a HOF guy wasting away on a losing franchise.

  28. A good ole boy not turning is back on masa is a professional but when masa gives him the whip hand when he gets injured and cut is part of the game…man please. Get your money!

  29. There’s a very simple reason why the author takes the stances he does. Access. If he doesn’t side with players, he will lose access. They won’t sit down and talk with him, they won’t answer calls from his staff.

    Players pay attention to their media coverage as much as our president does. And they will react negatively to what they perceive as negative coverage, naturally.

    My point is that he is hardly some social justice warrior (still not sure how that came to a derogatory term; it sounds fine to me). He’s doing his job, which is much easier when the people he covers think of him as a friend to them and their interests.

  30. AJ also didn’t have to play under a fifth year option…

    Oh, and grabbing someone from behind after they turn around is cowardice…If you’re wearing protective gear and sneak up from behind to apply a chokehold…you should “win” the fight…

  31. harveyredman says:
    June 24, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Now if only the teams honored the contracts.

    See here’s how it goes, if the team’s can cut you at anytime for “under-performing” or getting injured, then players have every right to expect a better deal when they outplay their contract.

    —————-

    This is the fallacy of NFL contracts – you don’t “outperform” your contract. You sign a contract that commits to paying you under the assumption that you will perform to the best of your ability. If you don’t perform, you get cut. If you do perform you get paid. Over time, other players will make more as contracts rise. If that concerns you, sign 1-2 year deals and you can keep testing the market.

  32. harveyredman says:
    June 24, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    wahoo21 says:
    June 24, 2018 at 4:26 pm
    What a concept…..Honor the contract you were satisfied with and signed
    ___________________

    Now if only the teams honored the contracts.

    See here’s how it goes, if the team’s can cut you at anytime for “under-performing” or getting injured, then players have every right to expect a better deal when they outplay their contract.

    —————–

    Teams *do* honor the contract because it permits them to do exactly what you described. Players may feel entitled to a better deal when they “outplay their contract”, but the contract they signed certainly doesn’t give them that right.

  33. That’s not what I read hear a few days ago. It’s getting so you can’t tell which fake news to disbelieve anymore.

  34. mrfrostyj says:
    June 24, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    It’s all “he’s a good boy for honoring his contract” until it comes out that the real reason is that he wants to test the market and hopes to get out of Cincinnati so he’s just playing it out because being on a winning team means more than money.

    —–

    He is on his second contract with Cincy, had he wanted to leave, he cold have forced the issue by now. Keep trolling though…

  35. Good for him if he is comfortable with his contract, but it would also be good for him if he held out and wanted more money. Who are we to judge anyone about what they think is best for their professional careers? If you are upset with players looking to cash in on their talents in the short window they have to do so, try to figure out what you’re really upset about.

  36. Ravens fan but have always liked AJ Green. Would have been cool to see him play with a real QB, with a stronger arm

  37. Some players may be looking to make so much money that no other player will ever catch up. Anything less and they won’t sign and will hold out until they get it. LOL They will hold out for a new contract again if they are not the highest paid.

  38. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    June 25, 2018 at 7:37 am

    AJ also didn’t have to play under a fifth year option…

    Oh, and grabbing someone from behind after they turn around is cowardice…If you’re wearing protective gear and sneak up from behind to apply a chokehold…you should “win” the fight…
    ——————————————————————————–
    What a joke! Both you and Jalen Ramsey!. He hgot exactly what he deserved! in fact they shoulda let go on like a hocky game fight!. Then Jalen coulda have really got what he deserved and that packed of on a stretcher. AJ whipped the breaks off his arzzz

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