The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to franchise tag wide receiver Tee Higgins, hindering the New England Patriots' pursuit of the 25-year-old standout. The franchise tag for the position is projected to be over $20 million, potentially keeping Higgins from hitting the open market. He was set to be a prime target for the Patriots due to his productivity and fit with their offense as the 'X' receiver they lack.

By the Numbers
  • Higgins has tallied over 3,600 yards and 24 touchdowns in the past four seasons.
  • The 2024 projected franchise tag for the wide receiver position is just north of $20 million.
Yes, But

If the Bengals cannot negotiate a long-term deal with Higgins, they may trade him after tagging him, potentially involving the Patriots.

State of Play
  • The Bengals are aiming to keep their talented receiver as they remain in a Super Bowl window.
  • The Patriots could negotiate a long-term deal or wait for Higgins to hit the open market in the future.
What's Next

The Bengals may consider trading Higgins after tagging him, potentially impacting the Patriots.

Bottom Line

The Bengals are positioned to retain Higgins, posing challenges for the Patriots' pursuit, but potential opportunities may arise depending on the negotiation outcomes.