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Bengals tell WR Tee Higgins they’ll franchise tag him, per report

February 24th, 2024

Tee Higgins is an elite No. 2 wide receiver for the Bengals. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Tee Higgins is coming back to the Cincinnati Bengals, one way or another.

The Bengals informed the standout wide receiver they plan to hit him with the franchise tag rather than let him test free agency this offseason, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. This year, the tag is expected to pay wide receivers a fully guaranteed $21.8 million.

The deadline to use the franchise tag is March 5. Between now and then, the Bengals can still sign Higgins to a long-term extension if they wish.

Higgins is coming off the least productive season of his career, mainly due to five games missed with injuries. He posted career lows in catches, receiving yards, touchdowns and targets while catching passes from Joe Burrow and Jake Browning.

Higgins has filled the role of an extremely capable No. 2 wide receiver since the arrival of Ja’Marr Chase, who is entering the fourth season of his rookie deal and will almost certainly have his fifth-year option picked up this offseason.

Chase’s looming payday, combined with Burrow’s five-year, $275 million contract, might cause the Bengals to hesitate paying Higgins top receiver money, which he could likely get on the free market. Still, the team has $51 million cap space for 2024, per OverTheCap, with only a few significant cap hits in subsequent seasons.

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