Zac Taylor: We expect and want A.J. Green to be part of the Bengals

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A.J. Green has not played a game since Dec. 2, 2018. He has not earned Pro Bowl honors since 2017 when he played his last full season.

Having played only nine games the past two seasons, and set to become a free agent next month, the receiver’s value likely is greater to the Bengals than to another team.

“He’s a guy we want to be around,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said on a cincinnati.com podcast posted Thursday.

Green previously said he wouldn’t “turn down $18 million” on the franchise tag. That’s exactly what the Bengals are expected to do if they can’t reach a long-term deal with Green, and perhaps, based on Green’s recent injury history, it turns into a win-win for both sides.

The franchise tag would give the Bengals a chance to see if Green can stay healthy, without a long-term commitment, and it would give Green a chance to prove it and re-enter free agency in 2021 looking for even more money.

The bottom line is: Green is not expected to hit free agency.

“We’re still working through that process,” Taylor said. “He’s a guy that we are excited about to a part of this team, first and foremost. That’s what matters right now. As we go through the offseason, we’ll figure out how it best fits. But right now, we expect him to be a part of the team. We want him to be a part of the team. He’s certainly been a valuable member for the last couple of years and done some great things. I’m excited to coach him really for the first time this next season.”

6 responses to “Zac Taylor: We expect and want A.J. Green to be part of the Bengals

  1. Sometimes the “franchise tag” seems to be a good deal and sometimes it seems to dreaded as the kids of death. I’m never sure when it’s which. I guess if you’re coming off an injury plagued year, it’s fine?

  2. This is why my Bengals can never be taken serious. We are to loyal to a fault. We shouldn’t be throwing big money at a 31 year old injury prone WR. I get it he’s an all time great bengal, but use that money towards a impact pass rusher or Linebacker.
    Also we should be trading Dalton to whatever team that gives us the best compensation, not whatever Dalton wants to go to, another dumb move by the Bengals.

  3. joshhatesthesteelers says:
    February 20, 2020 at 5:40 pm
    This is why my Bengals can never be taken serious. We are to loyal to a fault. We shouldn’t be throwing big money at a 31 year old injury prone WR. I get it he’s an all time great bengal, but use that money towards a impact pass rusher or Linebacker.
    Also we should be trading Dalton to whatever team that gives us the best compensation, not whatever Dalton wants to go to, another dumb move by the Bengals.
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    AJ might have value, but only if you tag him. I wouldn’t let him walk and I think all along it was Mike Brown’s plan otherwise he would have traded him last year. As for Andy, the only teams that will want a 1 year QB are the ones close to winning and Andy’s only criteria will be a starting job with a contender, so I think that will work out fine. My personal opinion is if the offers for AJ aren’t good enough, package Andy and AJ for as high of a pick as possible. A team like the Patriots could stave off a rebuild for another year with a good WR and competent QB. A team like the Bears could become pretty good with those 2.

  4. With Dalton likely gone and no veteran backup on the roster to help guide and show Burrow how to be a pro, it would be beneficial for Burrow and the Bengals to keep AJ around. Not just because of his talent on the field, but the knowledge he can provide as well.

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