A.J. Green watched his peers receive big new deals this offseason, and he’s setting his sights on an even bigger prize whenever he does sign a new contract.
Dez Bryant signed a five-year deal worth $70 million, with $45 million in guaranteed money.
Green wants more.
According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, Green is seeking a deal that would make Bryant and the rest of the top receivers green with envy.
“Green is seeking to become the second-highest paid wide receiver in the league, above all three of those players (Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Julio Jones), but below the $16.2 million for Calvin Johnson.”
Cole notes Green essentially wants $15 million per year, although he does concede that a deal isn’t likely to occur any time soon.
Coming out of Georgia, Green quickly established himself as an elite receiver in the NFL. Over the course of the past four years, he has continued to shine, despite playing with Andy Dalton, who has proven himself no better than an average quarterback.
Green has caught 329 passes for 4,874 yards with 35 touchdowns in his career so far.
One wonders if he will actually continue to stay loyal to the Bengals following the 2015 campaign. Green will be a free agent after this season has concluded, and given the fact he hasn’t yet received a big-time offer like the rest of the top receivers in his draft class he might feel inclined to test the free agent market.
After all, imagine how much more productive he’d be playing with a top quarterback. Likely, Green will receive the kind of money he seeks. Top-tier receivers are hard to find, and there is no doubt he fits into that coveted category.