One player that has been under trade speculation this offseason is Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins.
When receivers are entering the final year of their rookie contract and teams do not want to pay them, trades usually occur.
With Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd in the fold in Cincinnati, it will be interesting to see if they are willing to give Higgins top dollar.
Since being drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Higgins has done nothing but produce.
In his rookie year, he caught 67 passes for 908 yards and six touchdowns.
He now has back-to-back 1,000+ yard seasons the past two years.
Higgins might be the best number two wide receiver in the NFL, as he would be the WR1 on plenty of teams.
So even know there are reports out there stating Higgins could be traded, it seems unlikely.
The article is all speculation. There is no report that states the Bengals are looking into trading Tee Higgins or that the money he’s asking for is “outrageous” https://t.co/2WiZHaHJrt
— Blake Jewell (@BlakeJewellNFL) February 3, 2023
It will be very interesting to see how this plays out this offseason.
Will the Bengals enter trade talks with other teams about Higgins?
Or will they give him a long-term contract extension?
In the NFL, you can see that having multiple elite offensive weapons is crucial.
Higgins and Chase have been a big reason for the emergence of Joe Burrow and the elite passing game in Cincinnati.
At this point, it would be a mistake to move Higgins.
He has been a great WR2 option opposite of Chase, and the Bengals have the cap space to pay him.
According to Spotrac, the Bengals have the fifth-most cap space in the NFL entering this offseason.
But, with extensions for Chase and Burrow on the cusp, the Bengals must decide what they want to do soon.NEXT: Bengals Player Discusses Standing Up For Joseph Ossai