Bengals place franchise tag on A.J. Green, which should make Joe Burrow happy

Shalise Manza Young
Yahoo Sports Columnist

The Cincinnati Bengals and receiver A.J. Green are extending their relationship.

Hours before the deadline to do so, the team placed Green under the franchise tag for the 2020 season.

Time to work on new deal

By rule, the tag designation now gives the two sides until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. If that doesn’t happen and Green plays the season under the tag, he’ll earn a little north of $18 million on the fully-guaranteed pact.

The Cincinnati Bengals placed the franchise tag on receiver A.J. Green. (AP/Frank Victores)

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the move to tag Green wasn’t unexpected, and would happen if the player and the team weren’t able to reach a contract agreement before free agency opened. The Bengals don’t want to lose Green, the No. 4 pick in the 2011 draft whose run of consecutive Pro Bowl appearances ended at seven in 2019 after he played just nine games.

Green tore ankle ligaments on the first day of training camp last July.

Joe Burrow will be happy

Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, the presumptive No. 1 pick in the draft, will be happy that he’ll have Green for at least his rookie season.

There was a report earlier this month that Burrow told the Bengals at the scouting combine that he wanted the team to retain Green.

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