Bengals Exec Sends Harsh Wake-Up Call To Teams Sniffing Around Tee Higgins

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While Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is undoubtedly one of the best in the league at this position, it certainly helps that his offense boasts some of the league’s most exciting skill players.

Take the team’s wide receiver group, for example, which boasts three players who have recorded 1,000 yard seasons during their career: wily vet Tyler Boyd, superstar Ja’marr Chase, and Tee Higgins, who is arguably the best #2 pass catcher in the league.

During his three seasons in the NFL, Higgins has racked up 215 catches for 3,028 yards and 19 touchdowns, which gives him averages of 71 catches, 1009 yards, and six touchdowns per year. As a result, Higgins will be paid like a WR1 when his turn for a new contract comes up.

However, given that the Bengals already have the similarly-young Ja’marr Chase on the roster, it’s led to some speculation that they may look to deal Higgins in an effort to not have to pay both pass catchers. Bengals director of personnel Duke Tobin, however, is here to rain on the parades of those people.

“If they want a receiver, go find your own,” Tobin said to reporters while at the NFL Combine on Tuesday. “In my opinion, Tee Higgins is a good piece for the Cincinnati Bengals. The trade stuff is a little ridiculous right now.”

In addition to his comments about Higgins, Tobin also provided an update on the team’s contract negotiations with quarterback Joe Burrow, who could potentially be in line for the biggest contract in the history of the league.

“It’s not done yet,” Tobin said. “You know, it’s a good problem to have. I have been pretty vocal about what Joe means to us, and my job is to facilitate his success as best I can with putting pieces around him, and his contract will get done when it gets done. But it’s a good problem to have. He’s a vital part of what we’re doing.”

Heading into the 2023 season, the Cincinnati Bengals have the second-best betting odds to win the Super Bowl (+850), behind only the Kansas City Chiefs.

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