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Bengals talks with A.J. Green heating up

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 29: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a first half touchdown during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Ravens 34-17. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 29: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a first half touchdown during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Ravens 34-17. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Bengals receiver A.J. Green may be getting a new contract extension before the season after all.

With time running short to get a deal done, ESPN.com's Coley Harvey is http://espn.go.com/blog/cincinnati-bengals/post/_/id/18909/bengals-aj-green-contract-extension-closing-in with the possibility of a deal being reached before Sunday's season opener. The Bengals planned to shut down negotiations once the season began to prevent Green from any distractions about his contract.

If Green and the Bengals don't strike a deal before Sunday's game, the franchise tag looms next summer, which would pay Green a guaranteed salary of roughly $14 million. It would make sense for both sides to come to an agreement before then. Green wouldn't have to work about any injury risk, and the Bengals can save much-need salary cap space for next offseason.

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Fellow star receivers Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Julio Jones all signed five-year deals in the neighborhood of $70 million this offseason, while T.Y. Hilton got $65 million over five years. Green has noticed all of the dollars flying around, but he's previously expressed contentment with playing out the season without an extension.

h/t: ESPN.com