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Bengals Expected to Use Franchise Tag on Tee Higgins, Report Says

ByEditor

Feb 13, 2024

There are several options available to the Bengals to keep wide receiver Tee Higgins from becoming a free agent when the new league year starts in March. They can sign him to a long-term deal or they can use a franchise tag to keep him from hitting the open market. Using the franchise tag would extend the time to negotiate a new deal until mid-July. This gives Higgins the ability to choose whether to sit out or play the 2024 season with a guaranteed salary that is projected to be $20.7 million if no deal is reached.

The team is expected to use the franchise tag on Higgins, according to Paul Dehner of TheAthletic.com. He notes that the team has the cap space to carry that salary in the 2024 season and that Joe Burrow’s cap number remains relatively low in 2024 before jumping up by nearly $20 million in 2025. Additionally, the overall makeup of the wide receiver market might make it advantageous for Higgins to wait on signing a multi-year deal. With other receivers like Justin Jefferson, CeeDee Lamb, Brandon Aiyuk, Michael Pittman Jr., and fellow Bengal Ja’Marr Chase closing in on new deals, Higgins could benefit from a reset market by moving for a longer deal at some point in the future.

Any franchise tags must be issued by March 5, so there will be clarity on the Bengals’ plans in the near future.

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