Joe Burrow has his No. 1 WR.
On Monday, the Cincinnati Bengals franchise tagged A.J. Green, according to Tom Pelissero.
The franchise tag will cost the Bengals $17.865 million fully guaranteed for the 2020 season, but gives them enough time to negotiate an extension.
“I have no problem with the franchise [tag],” Green said. “I don’t like it, but I’m not a guy that’s going to sit out the whole year. But at the end of the day, that shows me they’re not committed to me. That’s fine. They have a business they have to run. As the player, I have my own business, so if you do that I have to protect myself.
“If you’re not committed to me long-term, I understand. There are no hard feelings. You have a business to run. All great businesses face difficult decisions. I understand that. For me, I have to make a big decision as well.”
Green caught 46 passes for 694 yards receiving and six touchdowns during the 2018 campaign.