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A.J. Green

A.J. Green

Wide Receiver #18
ADP:Round: 5, Pick: 7
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 211 lb.
College:Georgia
Age:32
Born:July 31, 1988
Drafted:2011 / Rd. 1 (4)
Draft Team:CIN

A.J. Green: Inks franchise tender

Green has signed his one-year franchise tag deal with the Bengals.

Analysis: Green is thus slated to earn $17.9 million this coming season. The fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, who turns 32 later this month, has missed 23 of the Bengals' past 24 games and hasn't seen game action since Week 11 of the 2018 season. When healthy, however, Green is the team's clear-cut top wideout, and now presumably past the left ankle issues that sidelined him last season, he'll look forward to building on-field chemistry with Cincinnati's new franchise QB Joe Burrow once training camp practices commence.

July 17, 2020 10:59 AM EST

A.J. Green: Doesn't get extension

Green will play out the 2020 season on a franchise tag worth $17.9 million, ESPN.com's Ben Baby reports.

Analysis: It's a nice salary for a soon-to-be 32-year-old who missed all of last season, but Green did make it known that he'd prefer a contract extension. He still hasn't signed the franchise tender, which means he can skip some or all of training camp without accruing any fines. Green has hinted at taking that approach, but he also said he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. His ankle injury from last year isn't expected to be a problem, with reports from spring suggesting he's completed the rehab process and is back to working out without any limitations.

July 16, 2020 6:37 AM EST

A.J. Green: Deemed healthy

Coach Zac Taylor said Green (ankle) is healthy and has been working out in Atlanta, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Green had already been planning to work out on his own this spring, as he said he wouldn't participate in the Bengals' offseason program on a franchise tag, per Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. Green also suggested he might miss part of training camp if he doesn't get a multi-year contract before the July 15 deadline, but he did say he'll be ready to play in the regular season. The veteran wideout dealt with a few setbacks after ankle surgery in late July, ultimately missing the entire 2019 season. He now seems to be healthy with plenty of time to spare before the start of his age-32 campaign.

April 8, 2020 1:35 PM EST

A.J. Green: Tagged by Bengals

Green (ankle) has been informed he'll receive a franchise tag, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: This has been expected for a while, and Green even mentioned in December that he wouldn't mind being tagged. The price should be around $18.5 million, which is good money for a 31-year-old coming off a missed season. It isn't clear if the Bengals intend to discuss a long-term extension, but this does suggest that they expect Green to make a full recovery from last year's ankle injury. Once that happens, he'll likely get to work with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, the presumed No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

March 16, 2020 7:27 AM EST

A.J. Green: Likely getting franchise tag

Green (ankle) is expected to get a franchise tag, ESPN.com's Ben Bay reports.

Analysis: Players typically don't appreciate the tag, but Green actually mentioned in December that he wouldn't have any problem with it. He's on record wanting to finish his career in Cincinnati, and the tag price of $18.5 million is a handsome payday for a 31-year-old who missed the entire 2019 campaign and also missed six or more games in two of the previous three seasons. Green did look good when he last played in 2018, scoring six touchdowns in nine appearances while averaging 77.1 yards per game and 9.0 yards per target. Making his way back from last summer's ankle surgery, he should be ready to practice at some point this spring.

March 2, 2020 6:24 AM EST

A.J. Green: Still wanted in Cincy

Coach Zac Taylor said the Bengals hope to re-sign Green (ankle), Geoff Hobson of the team's official website reports. "He's a big priority for us," Taylor said. "Things will have to work out over the course of the spring, but we certainly plan on A.J. being in the fold next year."

Analysis: Taylor also said Green is now healthy, though it isn't clear exactly what that means in terms of the wide receiver's physical activity level. It does seem likely that the 31-year-old will be ready for the start of the offseason program, be it with the Bengals or another team. Green is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, and while relocation would give him a better shot at winning a Super Bowl, he's mentioned on multiple occasions that he hopes to finish his career with the Bengals. He missed the entire 2019 season after dealing with some setbacks from ankle surgery in late July.

January 22, 2020 7:43 AM EST

A.J. Green: Slated to land on IR

The Bengals plan to place Green (ankle) on IR this week, Marisa Contipelli of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Green will thus finish the 2019 season without having played a down. With his placement on IR imminent, Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Alex Erickson will head the team's wide receiver corps in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Browns. Green is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in advance of the 2020 campaign.

December 23, 2019 10:11 AM EST

A.J. Green: Officially out

Green (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: That's no surprise, considering that Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer previously reported that the Bengals could place the receiver on IR next week. In his continues absence, Tyler Boyd, Alex Erickson and John Ross will head the team's wideout corps this weekend and then presumably once again in Week 17.

December 20, 2019 10:46 AM EST

A.J. Green: Expected to hit IR

The Bengals are expected to place Green (ankle) on injured reserve next week, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Green said Tuesday that he doesn't plan to suit up during Cincinnati's final two contests of the season, according to Geoff Hobson of the team's official site, so a forthcoming placement on IR wouldn't come as any sort of surprise. It appears as though the 31-year-old wideout will miss the entire 2019 campaign due to a left ankle injury sustained during training camp, but he's expressed optimism about being healthy for the offseason. Green, who is set to become a free agent in March, told Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic on Wednesday that he plans to sit out OTAs and possibly training camp if the Bengals opt to place the franchise tag him. His future in Cincinnati remains unclear.

December 18, 2019 11:10 AM EST

A.J. Green: Likely to miss final two games

Green (ankle) said Tuesday that he doesn't anticipate playing in the Bengals' final two games of the season, though he expects to be at full strength for the start of the 2020 campaign, Geoff Hobson of the team's official site reports. "I feel good just getting confirmation from him," Green said about foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, who examined the receiver Monday. "Knowing there's no effect on my future. I never thought it would be that bad that I could never play at a high level. Just hearing him saying it made me feel a lot better."

Analysis: Though Green hasn't played since injuring his left ankle less than an hour into the Bengals' first training camp session, Cincinnati has kept him on the 53-man roster all season in anticipation of his eventual return. Those hopes appear to have been dashed after Green suffered a setback in November, but the receiver is at least optimistic that the injury won't prevent his training efforts during the offseason. While the 31-year-old's health looks like it will be in a good spot heading into 2020, his future with the Bengals is uncertain, as he's set to become a free agent in March. Cincinnati does have the option of keeping Green in the fold by placing their franchise tag on him, an arrangement he said he has "no problem with."

December 17, 2019 12:18 PM EST

A.J. Green: Meets foot specialist Monday

Green (ankle) visited Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot specialist, in Green Bay on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: On Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Bengals haven't ruled out Green returning to action Week 16 at Miami or in the season finale against the Browns. According to Rapoport, Green has "looked good in practice," and Monday's meeting could be a sign the wide receiver indeed is inching toward his first game action of the campaign. In the end, though, Green will have to increase his activity level from his customary DNP on Bengals injury reports to 'limited' or 'full' before that will be a consideration.

December 16, 2019 3:23 PM EST

A.J. Green: Still eyeing late-season return

Green (ankle), who has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots, could be available to play in either or both of the Bengals' final two contests of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 1-12 Bengals have little to play for at this point, but that apparently hasn't stopped Green from entertaining a late-season return. According to Rapoport, Green has looked good while working off the side during recent practices, leaving the team open to having him play Week 16 in Miami and/or Week 17 versus the Browns. Given that he's been sidelined all season, Green would likely need to put in at least one or two full practices with the rest of the Bengals' healthy players before the team would clear him for game action.

December 15, 2019 7:40 AM EST

A.J. Green: Remains sidelined Sunday

Green (ankle) won't play Sunday against the Patriots, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Green now has two more chances to make a game appearance to close out the 2019 season. In his continued absence, Tyler Boyd, Alex Erickson and John Ross are in line to head the Bengals' Week 15 wideout corps, given that Auden Tate (knee) is now on IR.

December 13, 2019 10:35 AM EST

A.J. Green: No practice Wednesday

Green (ankle) will not practice Wednesday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Coach Zac Taylor reiterated Wednesday that Green is still considered day-to-day, according to Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer, a label that the star wideout has now carried for two weeks. Green will need to up his level of activity during the week's final two practice sessions for any chances of suiting up against the Patriots on Sunday, and he can safely be considered to be trending in the wrong direction for Week 15. The veteran is still looking to make his season debut.

December 11, 2019 9:50 AM EST

A.J. Green: Described as day-to-day

Coach Zac Taylor labeled Green (ankle) as day-to-day heading into the Bengals' Week 15 game against the Patriots, Marisa Contipelli of Cincinnati's official site report.

Analysis: The day-to-day designation doesn't represent any real change in status for Green, as Taylor labeled the star wideout the same way two weeks ago. Since that time, Green has taken a marginal step forward in his recovery from the ankle issue by getting in some work on the side during practice, but he'll likely need to complete a full session or two between Wednesday and Friday to have a legitimate shot at making his season debut this weekend.

December 9, 2019 12:19 PM EST

A.J. Green: Gets in work on rehab field

Green (ankle) was wearing cleats at Thursday's practice and was spotted doing some individual work on a side field, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Green has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns and will once again go down as a non-participant on Thursday's practice report, but his presence on the rehab field represents a step forward in his recovery, as he hadn't been able to even work out on the side since suffering a setback a few weeks ago. The Bengals' decision to keep Green on the active roster implies that a late-season return hasn't been ruled out, but he'll almost certainly need to put in at least a full practice or two in the coming weeks before getting the green light to play.

December 5, 2019 11:35 AM EST

A.J. Green: Ruled out for Week 14

Coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday that Green (ankle) will not suit up against the Browns on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Taylor also affirmed that the Bengals remain confident that Green will play at some point this season, per Jay Morrison of The Athletic, and that the team is not considering placing the veteran on IR. For the time being, Cincinnati's receiver corps will at least benefit from the return of John Ross (shoulder) across from No. 1 wideout Tyler Boyd. With Green already rule out for Week 14, he'll have just three more chances to retake the field this season.

December 4, 2019 10:07 AM EST

A.J. Green: Not spotted at practice

Green (ankle) doesn't have a jersey for Wednesday's walkthrough practice, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: It's an early sign that Green isn't expected to play Week 14 against the Browns, though he did mention Sunday that his ankle has been feeling better. He hasn't practiced with teammates since Nov. 4, as he was bothered by swelling in the surgically repaired ankle shortly after he got back on the field.

December 4, 2019 9:10 AM EST

A.J. Green: Trending up, but Week 14 status TBD

Green indicated that he hasn't experienced any swelling in his ankle of late, noting that "everything's trending up" at this stage, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: While that sounds encouraging, the report adds that the wideout still doesn't know if he'll play down the stretch. "When my ankle feels good enough to play, then I'll play," said Green, who hasn't participated in team drills since Nov. 4. He's therefore, iffy -- at best -- for next Sunday's game against the Browns.

December 1, 2019 2:47 PM EST

A.J. Green: Remains out this week

Green (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Green didn't practice this past week, setting the stage for his lingering absence to continue through Week 13. With that, Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate and Alex Erickson are slated to serve as recently re-installed QB Andy Dalton's top wide receiver targets this weekend.

November 29, 2019 10:25 AM EST

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