Posted: 1/23/2020 6:22 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, a pending free agent, could receive the franchise tag from the Bengals this offseason. 'The franchise tag is not the best thing,' Green said in a TV interview. 'But like I said, I'm not turning down 18 million dollars. It just happens. When you run a business, you have to make difficult decisions. But I feel like when you put that on me, then that's what you're showing me, you only want me for one year. And I always play with a chip on my shoulder.'
Huddle Up: Green's situation will be one of the intriguing offseason storylines -- in fantasy and reality -- to follow, but keep in mind he'll turn 31 in July and, more importantly, has played a total of 17 actual snaps since Week 8 of the 2018 season. That sets up a fantasy sleeper situation, rife with boom or bust potential.
Posted: 1/22/2020 10:13 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent WR A.J. Green is a player the Bengals plan to have on their roster next season, according to director of player personnel Duke Tobin.
Huddle Up: Green did not play during the 2019 season because of an ankle injury but could still receive the franchise tag this offseason. Green is a weekly starting option when healthy, but fantasy players should monitor his situation during the offseason.
Posted: 12/30/2019 5:33 pm UTC
Impending free-agent WR A.J. Green (ankle) made it clear Monday, Dec. 30, that his preference is to remain with the Cincinnati Bengals.
'If something should get done, then I'm here. I want to be here. I think they want me here. We'll see what happens,' Green told reporters.
Huddle Up: Green has played a total of nine games over the last two seasons, including none in 2019 after suffering an ankle injury during the team's first training camp practice. He showed the ability to play at a high level when he was on the field in 2018, but there's also plenty of recent evidence to suggest his body may not be able to withstand the rigors of an NFL season anymore. Considering Green wants to return, expect Cincinnati to get a somewhat highly incentivized deal done with him before the start of free agency.
Posted: 12/23/2019 6:03 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Dec. 23.
Huddle Up: The Bengals have carried him on the roster all season long even though he has yet to play a snap. Cincinnati will close the season out against the Cleveland Browns with Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Alex Erickson soaking up the bulk of the reps at receiver.
Posted: 12/20/2019 10:41 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and has been ruled out for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Green probably will miss the entire 2019 season because of the ankle injury and is a disappointment to fantasy players. Tyler Boyd should be a starting option in fantasy leagues, while John Ross could be a possible flex option in deeper leagues.
Posted: 12/19/2019 8:24 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.
Huddle Up: Green probably will miss the final two games of the season and should be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
Posted: 12/18/2019 3:26 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he didn't like the idea of the franchise tag, but he wouldn't sit out to avoid playing under it.
Huddle Up: Green is likely to miss this entire season with an ankle and foot injury. He'll be 32 next season and has a messy quarterback situation. It's hard to see him being taken higher than a WR3 in drafts.
Posted: 12/18/2019 12:45 am UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (foot) said Tuesday, Dec. 17, he probably won't play Week 16 or 17.
Huddle Up: It would represent a fully lost season for Green, who now awaits a new contract. The Bengals are likely to use the franchise tag if the two sides are unable to work out a new long-term deal. Green's quarterback for 2020 remains wholly unknown, with the team expected to look for one at the top of the NFL draft.
Posted: 12/17/2019 8:33 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) is not expected to play in either of the final two games of the season, but his recent visit with Dr. Robert Anderson reportedly went well. Anderson informed Green that he can have a normal offseason of training and the injury won't prevent him from continuing his career.
'I would have been better off breaking (the ankle). ... It's finally turned the corner. It's been feeling better and better each week. There were no (recent) setbacks. The plan was to go up there (to meet Anderson). He liked the way it looked. He said it's only a matter of time. It's not (ready) to play a game, but he was like, it's a good thing I didn't rush this thing. (Anderson) said the biggest thing for me is to get my range of motion back. Most of it is back. It will take time as I keep running routes and keep doing (rehab) stuff,' Green said.
Huddle Up: There was no way for fantasy owners to know an ankle injury suffered in his first training camp practice this summer was going to result in an injury that would sideline him for a season, but it appears the Bengals kept him on the roster all season was because they knew the timeline for his injury was anywhere from six weeks to six months. Assuming Green re-signs with the Bengals in free agency, he'll be a high-risk, high-reward option likely to come off the board around the fourth round of fantasy drafts.
Posted: 12/16/2019 11:42 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) met with a foot specialist Monday, Dec. 16, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Green's availability for the final two games is uncertain at this point. Fantasy players can keep an eye on the situation but should not count on Green playing this season.