A long-term contract is not 100 percent out of the realm of possibility, but the two sides have until July 15th to reach an agreement. If they don't , Green will have to play in 2020 under the tag, which is worth $18.5 million. The former 2011 draft pick turns 32 in July, but he did not play in 2019 due to him tearing multiple ligaments in his ankle during the first practice of the preseason. That continues his injury trend since the 2016 campaign, as he has missed 29 games due to injury in that span, including 23 of the Bengals' last 24 contests.
Green had signed a four-year, $60 million contract, and it was at the end of that deal that the two sides started discussing a long-term contract. The team has confirmed that they still have him as a key part of their future, coming off the worst record in the NFL without him a season ago.
The wideout has been a major force and the lone bright spot of the past decade for the Bengals, as he ranks fourth with 8,907 receiving yards since entering the league. If and when he does return to the field for Cincinnati, he will be able to move in to first place in multiple categories in franchise history. Heading in to 2020, Green currently ranks second on the Bengals all-time list with 602 receptions, those 8,907 receiving yards, and 63 receiving touchdowns.