A.J. Green has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The deal is a four-year extension worth $60 million, according to the report.
The four-time Pro Bowler will have a contract similar to the five-year, $70 million deals that Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant received just before training camp, just minus one year. There were reports that he wanted to top the five-year, $71.25 million deal that Julio Jones signed a few weeks ago, and Green's deal comes in at an average of $15 million per season, which beats out Jones even if the total value is lower.
Still, Green maintained that he wasn't concerned about the situation, given his career numbers.
"All that contract stuff doesn't really bother me, because when you put in the body of work I've put in, it speaks for itself," Green said this summer. "My time is coming."
Calvin Johnson is still tops in the NFL, with a seven-year deal worth $113 million with $53 million guaranteed and an average of more than $16 million per season. Jones' contract pays him $71.25 million with an average of $14.25 million per season, which is a touch more than Bryant and Thomas, who will make $14 million per season.
Green was drafted fourth overall by the Bengals, and has lived up to all expectations. He has exceeded 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons, doing it last year despite missing all or parts of five games because of a toe injury and a brain injury that caused him to miss Cincinnati's postseason loss to the Colts.
In his last two healthy seasons, 2012 and 2013, Green was a remarkably consistent target for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. He followed up a 97-catch, 1,350-yard, 11-touchdown season with one of 98 catches, 1,426 yards and another 11 touchdown grabs.
With last season's health problems cleared up and his contract settled for the next several seasons, both Green and the Bengals will be expecting him to make a run at 100 catches and 1,500 yards this year.