The Cincinnati Bengals have had a lot of continuity with their wide receiver room in recent years with the top three being locked in since 2021 when Ja’Marr Chase was drafted.
While Chase will definitely be sticking around, this could be the final game in stripes for running mates Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. Both players are fan favorites who have been with this team for a long while now.
Boyd joined the team in 2016 the first year they missed the playoffs in the Dalton era, and he wouldn’t get a taste of the postseason until the 2021 season with Joe Burrow.
Higgins, on the other hand, joined the team along with Burrow in the 2020 NFL Draft as the 33rd overall selection. It didn’t take him long to find success with Burrow, and he’s been a key addition to this team since then.
Entering 2024, however, the Bengals are in a rough spot in terms of bringing back either player as they have key free agents all over the team, and the cap hits for Burrow’s big contract extension are beginning to hit. Especially considering the team will have to start negotiations with Ja’Marr Chase soon as he will end up being one of, if not the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.
The Bengals can tag Tee Higgins, but a long-term deal seems unlikely since the team will have to pay Chase and Higgins’ agent is David Mulugheta, who is famous for pushing for lucrative deals with high guarantees and is one of the main reasons the Bengals were not able to retain Jessie Bates.
One logical scenario could be the same as what happened with Bates, where Higgins plays a year on the franchise tag and then walks and gets a big deal in free agency. The other main option would be the Bengals tagging Higgins with the intent of trading him. However, it would be a very uncharacteristic move of them.
Do you think the Bengals will keep Higgins or Boyd for next year? Or will this be the last year and the last game we see them on the Bengals sideline? Let us know in the poll below and in the comments section!