A.J. Green won't hold back when discussing his contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. On Wednesday, the perennial Pro-Bowl wide receiver told the media he is prolonging contract talks until he gets healthy. He also indicated that he is looking for a long-term deal. If not, the Bengals should part ways with him.
“I’m not into a one-year. Give me a long-term (contract) or just let me go, said Green, via Ben Baby of ESPN. “If they’re concerned about that, they don’t need to sign me. It’s whatever. If they’re concerned about me not being able to play 16, then take the risk not signing me and not franchising me. We’ll go from there.”
Green, 32, is on the final year of a four-year, $60 million contract with the Bengals. He has yet to play in 2019, as he nurses an ankle injury sustained early in training camp. Many felt as if the Bengals should trade Green on Tuesday's trade deadline, as it would allow him to compete. The Bengals are 0-8. However, he is content in Ohio.
“I'm not going to be a guy that says, ‘Oh I want to get traded' and then go to a situation where I'm not happy,” Green said. “Like, I'm genuinely happy here. We might not win, but I'm happy here. But at the end of the day, this is a business. I know my worth and I know what I bring to this team.”
Whether or not the Bengals give Green the long-term deal he feels he deserves will be told with time. Until then, he is slated to be a free agent in March.