Report: Bengals plan to franchise tag A.J. Green, attempt to sign him to a longer deal

The Bengals intend to franchise tag A.J. Green. (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals plan to use the franchise tag on wide receiver A.J. Green, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

The Bengals will keep him in town via the tag or attempt to sign him to a longer deal, per the report. They have the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft and are expected to take LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.

Contract negotiations between the Bengals and Green, as well as the Bengals and running back Joe Mixon, stalled due to ongoing talks around the new collective bargaining agreement, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported late Friday. The report also says the franchise tag will be used on Green if a long-term deal isn’t reached by March 10.

Green, 31, completed a four-year, $60 million contract and told the Enquirer in October he wanted stability.

“Give me a long term or just let me go,” he said of the Bengals.

The veteran did not play in 2019 while rehabbing an ankle injury. He said he would not participate in OTAs and possibly not in training camp if he ends up with a franchise tag.

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