Wide receiver A.J. Green signed his one-year franchise tag with the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday, officially ending months of negotiation and speculation.
Green, a 10th-year player, signed the $18.2 million franchise-tag tender for the 2020 season and will report to training camp, which is set to start July 28 in Cincinnati. After the Bengals used the tag on Green in March, it went unsigned as Green worked toward a potential long-term deal before Wednesday’s deadline.
A.J. did not play a snap in 2019 after he tore multiple ankle ligaments during the first practice of the preseason. He has missed 23 of the team’s past 24 games because of injury and 29 overall since the start of the 2016 season.
Green, who turns 32 on July 31, ranks fourth in the NFL with 8,907 receiving yards since entering the league in 2011. He is second in franchise history in receiving yards and total receptions (602) and third in receiving touchdowns (63).
For the first time in his career, A.J. Green will have a new starting quarterback. Andy Dalton, who played with Green for nine seasons, was released this offseason after the Bengals drafted former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick. Green said he hasn’t met Burrow yet but knows what he can bring to the team, even as a rookie.
“I know the type of player he is, and I know he’s a dog,” Green said. “I know he’s a dog for a fact. So I’m excited to play with him. I just can’t wait to get out there.”