A.J. Green: “The franchise tag is not the best thing”

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The Bengals seem adamant about A.J. Green being back with them next year, even though he’s a pending free agent. Which means they’re thinking strongly about using the franchise tag on him.

While Green’s not pitching a fit about it, he knows it’s not ideal — or permanent.

The franchise tag is not the best thing,” Green told Elise Jesse of WLWT. “But like I said, I’m not turning down 18 million dollars.

“It just happens. When you run a business, you have to make difficult decisions. But I feel like when you put that on me, then that’s what you’re showing me, you only want me for one year. And I always play with a chip on my shoulder.”

The Bengals also don’t have a good track record when it comes to hanging onto players once they’re tagged. Other than eventually signing 2012-tagged kicker Mike Nugent to a new deal in 2013, Bengals tag recipients generally become one-and-dones.

The 31-year-old Green didn’t play a snap for them last year because of injury. If they go through with drafting quarterback Joe Burrow first overall, providing him with a playmaker like Green would help. Providing him with a happy Green who has a long-term deal might be even better.

16 responses to “A.J. Green: “The franchise tag is not the best thing”

  1. at 31 he should be happy with 18 million after a full season of injuries… take it and run old man

  2. Tough spot for the Bengals FO. Do you give a boatload of money to a player who has played 9 games the past 2 seasons?

  3. If the Bengals would’ve been smart from the get-go, they would’ve traded Green before the deadline, let him play for a contender, all the while receiving draft picks to use on OL to protect Burrow, and this isn’t even a topic being discussed rn. But nope. And here we are…

  4. The 31-year-old Green didn’t play a snap for them last year because of injury.
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    That’s the key phrase. He will be 33 the season after he is tagged. He is a down-field receiver threat that should be declining in speed. A long-term deal is stupid for the team

  5. Dude hasn’t played in almost two seasons and is thumbing his nose at getting $18 million guaranteed for a one-year deal. He shouldn’t get $18 million guaranteed over a four-year deal after all the games he’s missed. Bungles gonna Bungle, I guess.

  6. unrulyondamic says:
    January 23, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    If the Bengals would’ve been smart from the get-go, they would’ve traded Green before the deadline, let him play for a contender, all the while receiving draft picks to use on OL to protect Burrow, and this isn’t even a topic being discussed rn. But nope. And here we are…
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    Who would trade for Green before the deadline? He was hurt. Didn’t play a snap all year. Don’t think I have ever seen someone trade for a hurt player. And if they did, the Bengals would get almost nothing in return.

  7. It’s actually not too bad. 18M to rebuild value and show everyone you’re past the injuries.

  8. Actually it was said that both saints and pats were highly interested in green. Bengals just wanyed 2 first rounders.

  9. This is called playing the system and trying to squeeze all you can out of your waning years.

  10. The only problem in Cincy is Mike Brown’s tight fist on the purse strings! Burrow to AJ Green and Ross will likely turn around the Bengals quickly. Don’t screw it up Mike!

  11. I would let him walk and take the compensatory pick. Wouldn’t even do the franchise tag because all you will get is a guy who can’t stay on the field and no one will sign the following year. Save the cap space, let someone else over pay and take a 3rd rounder so you can surround Burrow with a young player who has a chance to help.

  12. I am a AJ fan, but come on man!! You were paid all last year to play….0. 0, and then your going to say if they tag you they only want you for a year? Didn’t they just pay you like 15 million last year for you to nurse yourself back to shape? He wants a long term deal because he knows he can’t stay healthy maybe?

  13. AJ Green is a standup guy and every time AB or OdB open their mouths I’m thankful for him, BUT AJ Green quit on this team this year. There’s no doubt in my mind and I’d probably do the same, but he quit on them. The Bengals have to do what’s best for them and in this case I think it’s tag and play or tag and trade. They can’t let him walk for nothing and I believe if he had come back when he was able to, we’d all know what his health was and it’d be an easier decision. At the risk of pissing off one of the best players to ever wear that uniform, they cannot afford to let him walk for nothing. If he can play he fills a need and saves them from wasting a draft pick, if he can’t play then none of it matters. He hasn’t been healthy enough to expect a long term deal.

  14. unrulyondamic says:
    January 23, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Who would trade for Green before the deadline? He was hurt. Didn’t play a snap all year. Don’t think I have ever seen someone trade for a hurt player. And if they did, the Bengals would get almost nothing in return.
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    Most people in the know around Cincinnati fully believe he would have played if the team weren’t out of it. I personally think he would have suited up for a contender right away. Right around the deadline he was supposedly close to returning and I’m sure someone would have taken a flyer on him. It would be simple to say “Here’s a 4th that turns into a 1st if he plays for us this year”. Mike Brown decided “we don’t want to make other teams better”.

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