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The Bengals emphasize that they want to sign long-term contracts with Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase.

Wide receiver Tee Higgins is someone the Cincinnati Bengals have often stated they want to retain around for the long run.

At this week’s league meetings, as anticipated, Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn stated that the team wants to retain both Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase on long-term contracts.’s Geoff Hobson summarized the subject:

There is still attention on the contracts of franchise free agency wide receiver Tee Higgins and three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. She mentioned that they wanted to permanently secure both.

Easier said than done, of course. But there’s no reason to panic over the Chase extension.

The matter of Higgins is more concerning now that he’s been franchise-tagged and submitted a trade request. While one report said the Bengals will pick up the phone and listen to trade offers, head coach Zac Taylor himself doesn’t sound like a guy who expects a trade to happen.

Cincinnati would be doing itself a disservice if the front office didn’t do due diligence and listen to any trade offers that come in, though another report says they didn’t hear much about a trade at the scouting combine.

Higgins playing out 2024 on a tag has always felt like the likeliest outcome and after a dramatic rise in the salary cap across the league, there’s a possible scenario where the front office considers a second franchise tag, which could impact extension talks.

In any case, Higgins will play on the tag for the upcoming season unless he and the Bengals can reach an agreement on an extension before mid-July.

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