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Report: Bengals will place franchise tag on A.J. Green

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The Cincinnati Bengals are not about to let an all-time great test the free-agent waters later this month.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Cincinnati will place the dreaded franchise tag on seven-time Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green.

Green, 31, missed all of last season with an ankle injury and has played in a grand total of nine games since the end of the 2017 season.

Despite this, Cincinnati is more than willing to pay Green north of $18 million under the franchise tag next season. It’s an interesting strategy for a team that finished last season with the worst record in the NFL.