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Green caught both of his targets for 62 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Chiefs.

The Dalton-to-Green connection started with a nine-yard gain on the offense's first play, and the two later hooked up on a 53-yard strike down the middle of the field. With everything seemingly in order, the Bengals' offensive starters played just one series.

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A.J. Green believes his contract situation is on the "back burner" with the Bengals.

The Bengals exercised Green's fifth-year option for 2015 in April, removing any sense of urgency to strike a deal before the season. "That's fine with me," Green said. "I don't even look at it like that. I just go out there and play and my time will come. ... It's not surprising. Teams always want to wait." Green has the sound of a man who knows that, sooner or later, he's going to be one of the top-paid wideouts in the league.

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Bengals exercised WR A.J. Green's fifth-year club option for 2015.

He's now under Cincy's control for $13.236 million over the next two seasons. Turning 26 in July, Green is on a Hall of Fame pace with 29 touchdowns and a yearly average of 1,278 receiving yards through three seasons. Green added weight this offseason, which could further his development as a red-zone receiver. He's coming off a career season across the board.

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A.J. Green reported to Bengals offseason workouts "6-10 pounds heavier" than his usual playing weight.

Green "wanted a stronger upper body to be more physical." As Rotoworld guest writer Jonathan Bales has shown, added weight for wideouts has historically translated to superior red-zone production. So while it might concern us if a tailback was talking about adding weight, possibly costing him burst, we don't mind it at all for a player like Green. He weighed 211 at the 2011 Combine.

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Profootballtalk reports the Bengals have yet to begin extension talks with A.J. Green.

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Owner Mike Brown confirmed the Bengals will exercise their club option year on A.J. Green for 2015.

As Green is due $3,059,739 in 2014 and the fifth-year option is worth $10.176 million, exercising it would keep him under Cincinnati's control for two years and $13.24 million. And that is a team-friendly rate. The deadline for fifth-year options to be exercised on 2011 draft picks is May 3. Green is a lock to spend his age-26 and 27 seasons with the Bengals. There is an outside chance he could hit free agency at 27 years old in March of 2016.

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A.J. Green indicated he will not make a fuss about his contract during the offseason.

Green is entering the last year of his rookie deal, worth $3.06 million, though the Bengals hold a club option for 2015. "I'll just play it by ear," he said. "My body of work speaks for itself. Whatever they want." Green set career highs in catches (98) and yards (1,426) this past season, and matched his previous career high in touchdowns (11). When the Bengals get around to extending Green, he could vie to be highest paid receiver in the league.

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A.J. Green managed 34 yards on three receptions in the Bengals' playoff loss to the Chargers.

Take away Green from Cincinnati's offense, and Andy Dalton goes in the tank. We've seen it time and time again, and it happened Sunday as Dalton committed three second-half turnovers in an epic meltdown. Green also missed a touchdown opportunity in the fourth quarter, losing the ball mid-collision with Chargers S Darrell Stuckey. Ultra-talented Green has found ways to produce in spite of his quarterback's limitations, finishing as a top-four fantasy receiver in back-to-back years. With 22 touchdowns the past two seasons, Green will enter 2014 as a shoo-in top-eight fantasy wideout pick.

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A.J. Green resumed practicing Thursday.

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A.J. Green is not practicing Wednesday.

Green didn't suffer any injuries in Week 17, so his absence is likely just for rest purposes. He's in no danger of missing Sunday's Wild Card game against the Chargers.