Before free agency, Tee Higgins reportedly sought a trade from the Bengals. Now, he’s signaling readiness to return to the field for Cincinnati.

In a recent statement to reporters at a youth football camp, the Bengals receiver expressed his intention to continue with the team for the upcoming season, stating, “I do anticipate it. I’ve developed a fondness for Cincy that surprised me. Looking forward to it.”

While not a definitive assurance, Higgins’ affirmation provides reassurance to the Bengals and their fans. As Cincinnati aims to regain Super Bowl contention after a challenging 2023 season marked by injuries, retaining key players like Higgins becomes paramount.

Despite initial trade talks and no progress on a long-term deal, Higgins was franchise-tagged by the Bengals. If he indeed plays for Cincinnati next season, it will likely be under the franchise tag, earning him approximately $21.8 million. This substantial figure, more than double his previous earnings, serves as a strong incentive to remain committed.

Since his arrival in 2020 as a second-round pick from Clemson, Higgins has been a crucial component of the Bengals’ offense, averaging impressive statistics and forming a dynamic duo with quarterback Joe Burrow. With Burrow’s potential return to full health and a revamped offensive lineup, expectations for success are high once again in Cincinnati.

Higgins’ decision to stay bolsters the Bengals’ aspirations for the upcoming season, as they aim to build on their recent playoff appearances and return to championship contention.



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