The Bengals want to extend receiver A.J. Green‘s contract Clayton Fejedelem Jersey
, but they may not want to pay what it may take to make it happen.Although Green’s base salary for 2019 sits at $11.976 million, his cap number drives the franchise tender. And at $15.176 million for 2019, that translates to a franchise tender for 2020 of $18.21 million.So if the Bengals hope to extend Green before the 2019 season begins, he should expect to receive, fully guaranteed at signing, the sum of his 2019 and 2020 base salaries: $30.186 million. For anything less than that, he should play out his contract Andrew Billings Jersey
, force a franchise-tag decision in 2020, and play under the one-year tender unless the Bengals at that point would guarantee $18.21 million plus a 20-percent raise for 2021 ($21.852 million) at signing.That’s $40.062 million, fully guaranteed at signing, if they do a long-term deal in 2020.After eight seasons in Cincinnati with a ninth one looming, it’s also possible that Green simply wants to move on. Though he always says and does the right thing, he’s entitled to want to play for a team that will present him with a better chance to win a Super Bowl.Currently, and quite frankly C.J. Uzomah Jersey
, the Bengals seem to be as far away from that goal as any team in the AFC. The Bengals aren’t wasting time in their search for a new head coach.First up, the team will interview in-house candidates, and one of them apparently has a real shot at landing the job. However, it’s not Hue Jackson as many have speculated, but instead, it’s special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons. Many teams who fire their head coaches end up interviewing at least one in-house candidate, so it’s no surprise to see the Bengals doing their due diligence with who they have on staff. Saying this Jeff Driskel Jersey
, I don’t think Bill Lazor has any hope of getting this job, and I would be surprised if he’s a NFL head coach in the foreseeable future. He’s barely cutting it as an offensive coordinator, and there’s been some thought that, if Hue Jackson isn’t named head coach, he could end up replacing Lazor as the team’s offensive coordinator.As for Simmons, he was once regarded as one of the best special teams coordinators in football. However, his units have taken a step back in recent years Shawn Williams Jersey
, though a lot of that has been due to an onslaught of injuries that have forced rookies and inexperienced players into prominent roles on special teams.If the Bengals end up hiring Simmons, it will be viewed as a ‘meh’ hire, but at this point, anything is better than Marvin Lewis, and I’d rather give Simmons a shot as a head coach over Jackson.