Bengals use franchise tag on A.J. Green

Bengals use franchise tag on A.J. Green
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 28: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs onto the field before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Paul Brown Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Bengals used their franchise tag on A.J. Green, giving them time to try to work out a long-term deal with the star who is one of the most accomplished receivers in franchise history and would be a vital part of breaking in a new quarterback.

Green, 31, wants to finish his career in Cincinnati, where he has put down roots. Although he's open to a multi-year extension that would pay him as an elite receiver, he has objected to staying for only one more season on a franchise designation.

Green has said he'll skip voluntary offseason workouts if he's tagged. The Bengals are expected to take Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow or another quarterback with the first overall pick in the draft, and having Green in offseason workouts would accelerate a rookie's development.

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The Bengals are free to negotiate with Green on a long-term deal through July 15.