Bengals coach Zac Taylor: We expect our guys to be at training camp

Meet new Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals beat reporter Tyler Dragon as he sits down with Lindsay Patterson. Kareem Elgazzar, kelgazzar@enquirer.com

Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor doesn’t anticipate any surprises come training camp.

In light of Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon threatening to holdout unless he receives a new contract, The Enquirer asked Taylor if he thinks the Bengals will face a similar predicament.

“We expect our guys to be in there,” Taylor said. “We have a great group that’s really focused on helping this team do well. Business is business sometimes, but these guys are really dialed in and bought in to the things that we’re preaching. So we’re expecting everyone to be there.”

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, left, steps back as Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) gets set for the next repetition, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

The Bengals have 17 players entering unrestricted free agency in 2020, including A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Giovani Bernard and Nick Vigil. Pertaining to Green and Boyd, sources have told The Enquirer that the Bengals have engaged both wide receivers in independent contact discussions. Bengals brass desires to retain their most productive players at a price that doesn’t cash strap the franchise.

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Green’s average annual salary of $15 million ranks 10th in the league, behind receivers like Minnesota Vikings’ Adam Thielen and Indianapolis Colts’ T.Y. Hilton. Boyd is still on his rookie four-year, $4.25 million deal. More than 80 receivers average a higher annual salary than the 2016 second-round pick.

No player has hinted at a hold out due to a contractual dispute. Taylor and the Bengals don’t foresee that changing as the July 27 initial training camp practice draws within two weeks.

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