CINCINNATI – Receiver A.J. Green signed his one-year, $17.9 million contract Friday after the deadline passed for agreeing to a long-term deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The club used its franchise tag on Green, who missed all last season with an ankle injury. Green wanted a multiyear deal but said he wouldn't hold out if the club used the tag to keep him around for another year.
Green said Friday he had come to terms with the tag, which was not his preference, and had no hard feelings.
“I don't feel that's a bad thing anymore,” he said on a videoconference call.
The Bengals could try to negotiate a multiyear deal at the end of the 2020 season. Green has said he'd like to finish his career in Cincinnati, where he holds many of the franchise's receiving records.
He said there's still a possibility of a long-term deal. He noted that the front office wanted to make sure he was healthy after two seasons scuttled by toe and ankle injuries.
“I know my value, and they also need to see me play,” Green said. "We had great communication.
“The feeling is mutual that I love being a Bengal. I always wanted to envision myself retiring with that one team. That's still on the table. Stay healthy and see what happens.”