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A.J. Gets His Green

Earlier this week, the Bengals became the latest team to do a long-term deal with a player entering the final year of his contract. The full details of A.J. Green’s four-year $60 million extension that has a total monetary value of $70.176 million over five years appears below.

AJ-Green-iPhone-5-HDR1. Green receives a $15 million roster bonus, with all money paid out by January 31, 2016.

2. Green has a base salary of $11.75 million in 2015, which is as a practical matter guaranteed.

3. Green receives a $6 million roster bonus if on the active roster as of the third day of the 2016 league year. The payment is not guaranteed.

4. Green has a base salary of $3.8 million in 2016.

5. Green has a base salary of $10.3 million in 2017.

6. Green has a base salary of $10.55 million in 2018.

7. Green has a base salary of $11.976 million in 2019.

8. Green is eligible for a $200,000 workout bonus in 2016 through 2019.

Green&SteelersGreen makes $26.75 million this year, and he will have earned $32.75 million by March. While next year’s pay isn’t guaranteed, he’ll walk away with $26.75 million if they cut him after this season — which means they won’t.

He makes $35.95 million over two years and $46.45 million over three.

The cap numbers are $14.75 million in 2015, $13 million in 2016, $13.5 million in 2017, $13.75 million in 2018, and $15.176 million in 2019.

The deal has a new-money average of $15 million, and a total value average of $14.03 million. It gets Green back to the market a year earlier that Falcons receiver Julio Jones, who signed a five-year extension.

The new-money average exceeds Jones by $750,000 per year, and the total value surpasses the five-year, $14 million deals done by both Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas in July. Both had played five years and were working under the franchise tag. Green has only four years of service.

Let’s take a moment to compare the top 20 receivers from the 2014 season.

 

Rk Player Team Pos Rec Yds Avg Yds/G Lng TD 20+ 40+ 1st 1st% FUM
1 Antonio Brown PIT WR 129 1,698 13.2 106.1 63T 13 19 4 85 65.9 1
2 Demaryius Thomas DEN WR 111 1,619 14.6 101.2 86T 11 25 6 69 62.2 0
3 Julio Jones ATL WR 104 1,593 15.3 106.2 79 6 31 3 76 73.1 2
4 Jordy Nelson GB WR 98 1,519 15.5 94.9 80T 13 19 8 71 72.4 0
5 Emmanuel Sanders DEN WR 101 1,404 13.9 87.8 48 9 24 4 69 68.3 1
6 T.Y. Hilton IND WR 82 1,345 16.4 89.7 73T 7 21 6 62 75.6 3
7 Golden Tate DET WR 99 1,331 13.4 83.2 73T 4 17 5 58 58.6 1
8 Dez Bryant DAL WR 88 1,320 15.0 82.5 68T 16 22 5 60 68.2 0
9 Jeremy Maclin PHI WR 85 1,318 15.5 82.4 72 10 21 7 56 65.9 0
10 Odell Beckham NYG WR 91 1,305 14.3 108.8 80T 12 16 6 57 62.6 0
11 Randall Cobb GB WR 91 1,287 14.1 80.4 70T 12 24 3 71 78.0 1
12 DeAndre Hopkins HOU WR 76 1,210 15.9 75.6 76T 6 20 6 57 75.0 2
13 DeSean Jackson WAS WR 56 1,169 20.9 77.9 81T 6 16 13 35 62.5 0
14 Alshon Jeffery CHI WR 85 1,133 13.3 70.8 74 10 17 3 60 70.6 0
15 Rob Gronkowski NE TE 82 1,124 13.7 74.9 46T 12 19 1 60 73.2 0
16 Calvin Johnson DET WR 71 1,077 15.2 82.8 67T 8 16 3 59 83.1 0
17 Steve Smith BAL WR 79 1,065 13.5 66.6 80T 6 15 5 45 57.0 2
18 Anquan Boldin SF WR 83 1,062 12.8 66.4 76T 5 14 1 56 67.5 0
19 Mike Evans TB WR 68 1,051 15.5 70.1 56T 12 20 4 46 67.6 0
20 A.J. Green CIN WR 69 1,041 15.1 80.1 81T 6 13 3 46 66.7 2

Parts of this article by Mike Florio

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