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Bengals WR Tee Higgins will reportedly sign his franchise tender

Bengals WR Tee Higgins will reportedly sign his franchise tender

Tee Higgins is expected to be at training camp for the Cincinnati Bengals as the wide receiver will sign his franchise tender, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and the Cincinnati Inquirer's Kelsey Conway.

Higgins had reportedly asked to be traded in March when contract negotiations were going nowhere. But a month later, the 25-year-old said he did "anticipate" playing for the Bengals during the 2024 NFL season.

The Bengals used the franchise tag on Higgins in February rather than allowing him to test the free agent market.

Once he's signs his tender, Higgins and the Bengals have until July 15 to work out a deal or Higgins will play next season on a 1-year, $21.8 million contract.

A long-term pact seems unlikely, however, with Schefter calling that outcome a "long shot" as talks have not taken place for over a year.

Higgins is the only player of the eight who were franchise tagged this offseason to not sign a multi-year deal.

Higgins has thrived since joining the Bengals in 2020 as a second-round draft pick out of Clemson. In four seasons, he's averaged 64 catches, 921 yards (14.3 yards per reception) and six touchdowns. He's one of quarterback Joe Burrow's favorite targets and part of one of the NFL's top receiving tandems alongside perennial Pro Bowler Ja'Marr Chase.

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