Bengals’ A.J. Green has ‘no intention of holding out’ for a contract extension
A.J. Green is currently sidelined as he recovers from minor surgery on his sprained ankle. When he’s healthy enough to return to the field, though, don’t expect the Cincinnati Bengals superstar to agitate for contract extension by holding out.
Green reiterated on Thursday that he has “no intention” of sitting out upon reaching full health despite his desire for a re-negotiated contract.
“Everybody knows what I’m capable of doing if healthy. All I can do is play like I have the last nine years and it will take care of itself. You never know. It’s a business,” he said, per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. “I have no intention of holding out. I’m not going to do anything crazy. I just want to play football.”
The seven-time Pro Bowler maintained throughout the offseason that he never had plans of holding out, even as contract discussions between he and the team failed to prove fruitful. Green has always said that he hopes to continue his career in Cincinnati, too, and owner Mike Brown hasn’t been shy about his ambitions of keeping the superstar wideout in orange and black for years to come.
Whenever he gets a new contract, Green will no doubt be compensated as one of the best receivers in football. Fellow 2011 draftee Julio Jones just inked a three-year, $66 million extension with the Atlanta Falcons that includes $64 million in guarantees. Expect Green and his representation to use those numbers as a guiding light for future contract negotiations.
The 31-year-old ditched his walking boot on Wednesday, an indication that he’s getting close to making his 2019 debut.