Mark Clayton

Bengals receiver A.J. Green gets 4-year contract extension

Receiver A.J. Green agreed to a contract extension on Friday that runs through the 2019 season, the last big thing the Cincinnati Bengals needed to accomplish before their season opener.

Green was under contract through this season. The Bengals got the new deal signed before they got on a plane for Oakland and their opener on Sunday.

"I can go out there and play freely and I don't have to worry about anything," Green said. "Words can't describe how I feel right now, I'm so happy."

Green was the Bengals' first-round pick in 2011 — quarterback Andy Dalton was chosen in the second round — and has reached the Pro Bowl each of his four seasons. Dalton...