Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) was seen warming up before the NFL Week 18 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens at Paycor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023.
Tee Higgins, a vital component of the Cincinnati Bengals‘ potent passing game, could be in his final season with the team. According to a report by Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Higgins and the Bengals have not made progress on a contract extension, and it appears that he may not be part of the Bengals’ future plans.
At 24 years old, Higgins is in the last year of his rookie contract and declined an offer from the Bengals during the offseason. Although the team has the option to use the franchise tag on Higgins for the next season, Conway’s report suggests that it’s unlikely unless they intend to use it for a trade.
The Bengals recently signed quarterback Joe Burrow to an NFL-record $275 million extension, making it less feasible to retain Higgins for another season when he doesn’t fit into their long-term strategy.
When asked about the status of his contract negotiations in response to Burrow’s new deal, Higgins expressed his hope for an extension but admitted he has no control over the situation. He emphasized his commitment to his work, saying, “My job is just to come in every day and do my work.”
Higgins acknowledged that the negotiation process will unfold in its own time and expressed his desire to prove himself as a top-tier player, as he has demonstrated with back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons, including 74 catches and seven touchdowns in the previous season.