A.J. Green wants to finish his career where it began.
While speaking Friday at his youth football camp, the Bengals wide receiver expressed his desire to stay in Cincinnati beyond 2019.
“Cincinnati is home for me,” Green told reporters. “This is home as much as South Carolina. All I know is Cincinnati.
“I can’t see myself playing anywhere else or playing in a different city. Hopefully, I can be here for a couple more years. We’ll see on that part.”
A.J. Green (speaking at his football camp in Cincinnati) is entering the final year of his contract with the #Bengals: “I can’t see myself playing anywhere else or playing in a different city.” pic.twitter.com/H9nrDFfJvT
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) June 7, 2019
Green is entering the final season of his four-year contract extension signed in 2015 and is set to earn around $12.2 million. While the team said earlier this year there was no need to wait until he plays out the final year of his current deal to receive another extension, one has yet to be drawn up.
In the meantime, the seven-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro selection will continue rehabbing his toe. He missed the final five weeks of last season after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his toe but appears to be finding his footing again.
“It’s doing great,” Green told Omnisport as part of a Rockin’ Protein campaign in May. “I’m back running routes, these past two weeks I’ve been running routes every day, so it feels good.
“Almost back to normal so I’ll be ready for training camp.”
Green, who turns 31 next month, has spent OTAs working on the sideline but has been cleared to resume football activities.
He will report for the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday.