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Bengals make big decision on Tee Higgins

Tee Higgins in his Bengals uniform

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) against the Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t taking any chances with wide receiver Tee Higgins.

The Bengals have informed Higgins that the team will be using the franchise tag on him, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. The tag would place Higgins’ cap figure at around $21.8 million.

It’s no surprise that Cincinnati will tag Higgins, who was slated to become a free agent this offseason. Reports had already emerged earlier this month indicating that the Bengals would do exactly that.

But Higgins and the team were reportedly still in talks for a long-term extension in the lead-up to the franchise tag news. Cincinnati had until the March 5 deadline to tag Higgins.

The Bengals will still be able to negotiate a long-term deal with Higgins in the coming months.

Higgins missed five games in 2023 due to various injuries but he remained productive when he was able play. The 25-year-old wideout tallied 42 catches for 656 yards and 5 touchdowns in 12 games played last season.

Higgins still finished second on the Bengals in receiving TDs and third in receiving yards despite the missed time.

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