The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off two profitable seasons the place the crew made two consecutive appearances within the AFC Championship video games.
The crew’s younger stars, quarterback Joe Burrow and vast receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, have been the important thing to turning across the franchise’s fortunes lately.
Burrow, a 2020 first-round draft decide, lately had his fifth-year choice picked up by the Bengals. However, the crew is within the midst of negotiating long-term contract with the quarterback to maintain him in Cincinnati for the foreseeable future.
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Burrow’s contract is predicted to reset the quarterback market and make him the highest-paid participant within the historical past of the NFL.
Nevertheless, Burrow lately admitted that he’s contemplating his different teammates who will quickly come up for their very own extensions — specifically Chase and Higgins.
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“Every time you may have guys on the crew that must be paid, that’s all the time in your thoughts. You need that to be a focus. So, we’re working to make that occur.” Burrow stated earlier this week when he spoke concerning the ongoing contract negotiations.
Higgins, a 2020 second-round decide, is ready to enter the final yr of his rookie contract until he and the Bengals can agree on a long-term contract extension.
Since Higgins was not chosen within the first spherical, Cincinnati doesn’t have the choice of getting him taking part in below the fifth-year choice.
If Cincinnati is unable to signal Higgins, they might commerce him as a substitute of letting him enter the free agent market subsequent offseason.
Nevertheless, in March Bengals director of participant personnel Duke Tobin shut down any notion that the crew would entertain any potential commerce gives that concerned Higgins.
“If they need a receiver, go discover your personal,” an emphatic Tobin stated on the league’s scouting mix. “For my part, Tee Higgins is an effective piece for the Cincinnati Bengals. The commerce stuff is a bit of ridiculous proper now.”
Tobin additionally acknowledged the significance of constant to encompass Burrow with gifted gamers.
“I’ve been fairly vocal about what Joe means to us, and my job is to facilitate his success as greatest I can with placing items round him, and his contract will get performed when it will get performed,” Tobin stated. “However it’s a superb downside to have. He is an important a part of what we’re doing.”
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Throughout his three years within the NFL, Higgins has racked up over 3,028 receiving yards within the common season. He has develop into a dependable goal for Burrow and hauled in two touchdowns in Tremendous Bowl LVI.