If Green really doesn’t want to risk injury without a long-term deal, there could be a loophole that allows him to sit and still earn his paycheck.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, as the NFL and NFL Players Association continue to negotiate terms for a return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the players’ union is seeking opt-out clauses for at-risk players should they decide to sit out this season. Fowler reported the definition of “at-risk” is still being discussed, but a memo the league sent out June 7 listed African Americans as high-risk individuals.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported Wednesday the NFL sent a response Tuesday night to the NFLPA’s proposal on reopening protocols and there was no agreement as of Wednesday afternoon.
Taylor has been looking forward to seeing Green on the field in his system, as the wide receiver hadn’t even gotten in one full practice with the new staff last year before suffering an ankle injury on the first day of training camp at the University of Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.
“We want him to be a part of Cincinnati,” Taylor said February at the NFL Combine. “He’s got a great history with the organization. He’s been a great member of the community, a great leader on our team. … I’ve really enjoyed getting to know A.J. I look forward to coaching A.J. really for the first time going into next season.”
Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl pick, doesn’t believe his production will be any different than in the past just because of his recent injuries. The Bengals want to see that, though, and that’s what makes 2020 so important.
“I don’t have to prove anything to nobody,” Green said in December. “… know my worth and what I bring to this team and I know my skill set.”