A.J. Green is the latest game-changing wide receiver to earn a substantial pay raise. With the Bengals’ regular-season opener just two days away, the 27-year-old has agreed to a four-year, $60 million extension, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Green, who was in the final year of his rookie deal, joins Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant, all wideouts receiving new contracts in the weeks leading up to the 2015 season. Jones signed a five-year, $71 million deal while Bryant and Thomas inked five-year, $70 million deal. The specifics – like guaranteed money and yearly payments – of Green’s contract remain unknown at this time. What is known, however, is that Green is critical to the Bengals’ passing game. In four seasons he’s made four Pro Bowls, never had fewer than 1,041 receiving yards, and averaged nearly nine touchdowns a year. (CBS Sports)
Nerdy Football Analysis: Green is a top-tier wide receiver, poised for another productive year. The only thing that could hold him back is his erratic quarterback Andy Dalton, who’s coming off arguably his worst season to date.