The NFL free agency period is over and we are starting to get into the new season, with most teams starting up their off-season workouts.
Some players take this time to not turn up to these, admittedly voluntary workouts that only really work on getting over injuries and doing a bit of conditioning, and instead stay away, letting teams know that they want more money and a better contract.
A few current players on a mini-strike spring to mind straight away, Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Eric Weddle of the Chargers are both unhappy. One player who won't be striking however is A.J. Green, much to the joy of Bengals fans.
Not Hurting For Money
Entering a contract year, A.J. Green was on hand Monday for the first day of Cincinnati's voluntary workouts. The star wideout then told the team's website that he wasn't concerned at all about money, something a lot of other players in the league could take note from.
"I handle the part of playing. I'm not hurting for money," said Green. "I got my option. That's enough for now. I'm just focused on football. Next year will take care of itself."
There's a reason Green might not be too concerned about money however. Because he was drafted in the top 10 picks of the first round, his fifth-year option is comparable to the transition tag at his position. What that means is he will earn $10.176 million for the 2015 season.
Although coach Marvin Lewis set the wheels in motion for contract talks last August, the sides have been unable to find common ground.
Green's representatives met with the Bengals as recently as the NFL Scouting Combine in February, per ESPN's Coley Harvey, but those talks unsurprisingly came to nothing.
There is no doubting that Green is a star and the Bengals will be desperate to keep their hands on him. Prior to his injury-ravaged 2014 campaign, Green posted more receptions through three seasons than any receiver in NFL history.