One of A.J. Green's role models is Larry Fitzgerald, the NFL's active leading receiver, and the two talked as recently as last week. So while he took note of the reports of Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham's new contract, the headline Green seemed to really notice is that Fitzgerald speaks at Thursday's memorial service for U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) in Phoenix.
"It speaks volumes of who he is," Green said Tuesday. "It speaks volumes of the kind of person he is on and off the field. That's why (I look up to him). It's how he handles things on and off the field."
Green, ninth on the active receiver list for yards, salutes Beckham's deal, although if you can figure out how much he's getting from the myriad of reports, congratulations. The big number is probably $41 million guaranteed in a five-year deal, some reports say, but as you've probably already figured, Green could care less.
"I don't look into deals. I don't really care," said Green, who has two years left on his current deal. "Whenever my time comes. That's the way I approach things. I look ahead. Just go to work every day and go with the results.
"But that's a guy that really deserves it. A once-in-a-generation talent. You could not not pay him."
Green has said he'll play until he's 36, which would give him seven more seasons. He wants to play them all for the Bengals and there's some of Fitzgerald in that goal.
"I'd like to stay here my whole career. That's everybody's dream. To be in one place and go out on your own time," Green said. "(Fitzgerald) has been 14 years in Arizona. I can't imagine him playing anywhere else. I would love to play for the city for a long, long time."
He and the rest of the starters don't figure to play in the city during Thursday's pre-season finale (7 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) against the Colts at Paul Brown Stadium. But he'll be ready for the Sept. 9 opener in Indy and Green loves openers. He's won two with fourth-quarter TD catches (2011 and 2014), he tied his personal best with 12 catches in another (2016) and has hit 100 yards three times in 2013, '14 and '16 with two his biggest games ever in the 9/11/16 game in New York against the Jets with 180 yards and the '13 opener in Chicago with 162.