Tee Higgins to Play with Franchise Tag as he Seeks Long-Term Deal with Bengals

Apr 14, 2024, 7:00 p.m. ET

The receiver will play with the franchise tag in order to get the long-term agreement he wants

One of the biggest questions of the offseason for the Cincinnati Bengals seems to be heading towards resolution.

The wide receiver of the Bengals, Tee Higginsanticipates playing for Cincinnati in 2024, he told reporters at his youth soccer camp on Sunday. Higgins, who will be in his fifth year in the league, requested a trade earlier this offseason after Cincinnati placed the franchise tag on him.

“I anticipate it,” Higgins commented, according to a video posted by WXIX-TV. “I have developed a love for Cincinnati Which I didn’t think I’d have. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Tee Higgins seeks long-term deal with Bengals. Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Over the past two years, Higgins and Cincinnati They have not been able to reach an agreement on a long-term contract. The two sides made little progress before a 2023 season in which Higgins battled injuries.

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A rib injury suffered in Week 4 and a hamstring issue before Week 10 forced him to Tee Higgins to miss five games combined last year. He finished with 42 receptions for 656 receiving yards and five touchdowns, all career lows.

Despite the contractual impasse, the Bengals They continued to evaluate Higgins for next year. If Higgins signs the franchise tag, he will have a fully guaranteed one-year, $21.8 million contract. The two sides can negotiate a long-term agreement until 4 p.m. EU. the 15th of July.

Of the eight players offered the franchise tag this offseason, Higgins and the T’s safetyampa Bay BuccaneersAntoine Winfield Jr., are the only ones who have not yet agreed to a contract extension with their respective clubs.

That group includes the I’s wide receiverndianapolis ColtsMichael Pittman Jr.who signed a three-year deal last month that includes $41 million in guaranteed money.

Pittman ranks fifth in receiving yards (3,662) by a player selected in the NFL draft. NFL 2020. Higgins, who was chosen one spot ahead of Pittman with the 33rd pick, is fourth in his draft class with 3,684 receiving yards.

The three players ahead of Tee Higgins (Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings, CeeDee Lamb of the Dallas Cowboys y Brandon Aiyuk of the San Francisco 49ers) have also not received contract extensions. All were first-round picks and are under contract for the 2024 season via the fifth-year rookie option.

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