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Bengals WR Tee Higgins Skips Mandatory Minicamp

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is not at the team’s mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, prolonging his holdout.

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Levi Wallace during a game on Dec. 23, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is not present at the start of the team’s mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, prolonging the star wide receiver’s holdout even longer. Ja’Marr Chase’s counterpart is present at mandatory minicamp as both receivers seek extensions in Cincinnati. The price of the extensions has only increased after guys like Justin Jefferson, A.J. Brown, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Jaylen Waddle upped the market this offseason.

Tee Higgins was franchise-tagged back in March. While players who miss mandatory minicamp are usually subject to fines, Higgins is not, as he has yet to sign his franchise tag. Reports from earlier in the offseason stated that Higgins requested a trade out of Cincinnati to get a new contract. If he does not receive a new contract before that date, Higgins will likely continue his holdout into training camp.

A second-round pick in 2019 out of Clemson, Higgins is coming off a season where when he did play, he played at a high level. But injuries limited his availability, just like they did with Chase. The exact amount that Higgins is hunting is unknown, but it has likely only gone up after a rash of premium, market-setting wide receiver deals in recent months across the entire NFL.

In his career, the 25-year-old Higgins has 3684 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns, creating one of the most fearsome trios in the NFL along with Chase and Joe Burrow. Chase figures to get a monster deal that could exceed Brown’s deal, but he may shoot to become the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history, meaning he could leap Jefferson’s $35 million per year.

It will be tough for the Bengals to accommodate a massive deal for Chase and pay Higgins on top of that, meaning that they would have to choose between their two dynamic, star wide receivers since both want new deals.

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Edward Carmichael
Edward Carmichael
June 12, 2024 9:59 am

as a true Steelers fan, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins did the smart thing for not signing the franchise tag but don’t expect the Cincinnati Bengals owner Michael Brown to pay you more than $140 million base salary and $110 guaranteed money because Michael Brown is cheap like his farther and I don’t think Michael Brown will pay wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase in 2025 I wish you both luck