Oct 5, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) scores a touchdown as New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan (26) defends on the play during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. New England Patriots defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 43-17. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
A.J. Green finally signed his contract yesterday, if you missed the news. After months of anticipation and countless stories about Green’s waiting for his contract, he put the pen to the paper and is now a Bengal through the 2019 season.
Green’s contract is officially a four-year, $60 million signing. He received a $15 million signing bonus, his average salary is $15 million per year and the total amount of guaranteed money in his contract is $32,750,000.
The last season on Green’s rookie contract will pay the receiver almost $12 million in base salary alone; he’s now one of the NFL’s highest-paid receivers. And finally, when considering the average salary per season, Green is now the NFL’s second highest-paid receiver only to Calvin Johnson.
It’s unbelievable that Green and his agent were able to negotiate such an incredible deal after Green missed six games in 2014 due to injury; however, this contract is a testament to Green’s abilities on the field and Cincinnati’s confidence that its top offensive weapon is one of the NFL’s best.
Green is an outstanding receiver; he’s only one of two receivers (next to Randy Moss) to record at least 1,000 receiving yards in his first four seasons. Green has also made the Pro Bowl in each of his four NFL seasons.
So now that Green’s locked up for the next five seasons, the question must be asked: Did the Bengals overpay for A.J. Green? Courtesy of Spotrac.com, I’ve provided a table with Green’s contract details below.
[table id=102 /]
So what do you think, did the Cincinnati Bengals get a good deal?
Let me know your opinion in the comments section or tweet me at @CHoweSports