The Cincinnati Bengals made headlines in the wake of their 2015 season opener by signing wide-receiver A.J. Green to a new four-year contract extension worth $60 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has reported.
The new deal makes Green the second highest paid receiver in the NFL annually behind the Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson.
Green, the Bengals’ first round draft pick in 2011 with the fourth overall pick, has been a star for the Bengals on offence, having four 1,000+ yard seasons, averaging 14.8 yards per reception over four years.
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He is the top receiver in quarterback Andy Dalton’s offence and has been involved in the Pro Bowl in all four of his seasons in the NFL.
In both 2012 and 2013 Green was named Second Team All Pro Wide Receiver and in 2014 was named number nine in the NFL’s Top 100 players.
Green averages just fewer than nine touchdowns per regular season over his four years in the NFL; he would only record six last season but spent three games out with various injuries, also missing the NFL postseason.
His absence was heavily felt last postseason as the Bengals struggled to get a passing game going against the Colts with Green on the sidelines.
WRs getting paid
Green is not the only receiver to be handed a new contract this summer. During the offseason the Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas, Cowboys’ Dez Bryant, Falcons’ Julio Jones and Colts’ T.Y. Hilton all received hefty contract extensions.
Rapoport also reported the Bengals were very motivated to get the deal signed before the Bengals season opener away at the Oakland Raiders.
The insider tweeted: