The Bengals and Tee Higgins have been the talk of the town in the NFL lately. Rumors have been swirling about the potential of a trade for the star wide receiver, but is it really a possibility? With the Bengals already having a lot of young players to pay soon, and the fact that Higgins is entering the fourth year of his rookie contract, it’s only natural to wonder what might happen. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the facts and dive into the details of the potential trade.
Tee Higgins is an incredibly talented wide receiver, and he’s proven to be a valuable asset to the Bengals. But with the team already looking to negotiate with quarterback Joe Burrow this offseason, and the fact that they have the third-most cap space heading into the 2023 season, it’s understandable why the rumors of a trade have been circulating.

The Athletic’s esteemed Bengals writer, Paul Dehner Jr., wrote an article about the situation and concluded that the most likely outcome would be for Higgins to play out the last year of his rookie contract just as safety Jessie Bates did. But the initial tweet about the article seemed to suggest that the Bengals intend to trade Higgins if talks on a long-term deal fall through because he’s asking for an “outrageous” upfront sum.

It’s possible that the issue of guaranteed money could be a sticking point in the negotiations between the Bengals and Higgins’ agent, as it was with the talks for Jessie Bates. The Bengals could also use the franchise tag on Higgins in 2024 to keep him in Cincinnati.

However, the asking price for a potential trade could be too high for any team in the NFL. The wide-receiver class in this year’s draft isn’t stellar, either, so it’s unlikely the Bengals would be able to replace Higgins’ production with a rookie on a cheap deal.

So, will Tee Higgins get traded? It’s hard to say for sure. The Bengals will always pick up the phone, but the asking price could be too high for any team to meet. In the end, it’s likely that Higgins will play out the last year of his rookie contract and the situation will be fluid until opening day.