Speculation Swirls: Will the Bengals Trade Tee Higgins After Franchise Tag?

After the franchise tag decision, trade rumors involving Tee Higgins are circulating. The timing was almost perfect; the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t have to apply the tag as quickly as the window opened, but they did. The timing is notable, especially before the scouting combine when prospective suitors could speak with Bengals management directly. It may be a calculated negotiation tactic.

Ari Meirov of The 33rd Team has emphasized important points in the speculation that has already gained traction. Whether the Bengals would truly trade Higgins, much like they did with Jessie Bates, is a matter of much debate. For some teams, though, the allure is locking up a top-tier wide receiver with a contract extension.

Depending on how long-term talks go, the Bengals may find the lure of a first-round pick and the clarity it provides to their cap situation before free agency to be very appealing. If not, they have until July 15 to complete negotiations with Higgins for a long-term extension.

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