Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins is within the remaining season of his rookie deal, and time is working out to capitalize on his contract yr. Right here is why it’s now or by no means for the four-year veteran to extend his upcoming pay day.
Cincinnati introduced on Monday that WR Ja’Marr Chase is more likely to miss a while after having a MRI on his separated shoulder, per NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport. He shall be sidelined for at the very least this week’s recreation in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7) and perhaps past that.
Which means Higgins’ time to lastly show he could be a WR1 has come. Higgins has continually been the No. 2 behind Chase, and rightfully so, however he’ll now be the No. 1 choice in Chase’s absence.
The 24-year-old started his NFL profession with 215 catches for 3,028 yards and 19 touchdowns from 2020-22. Nevertheless, he has simply 36 catches for 497 yards and 4 touchdowns in 10 video games this yr.
After all, his injury-riddled season coupled with shedding QB Joe Burrow to a season-ending damage have to be taken into consideration, however backup QB Jake Browning has been taking part in very nicely of late.
Miami Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill is at the moment the highest-paid extensive receiver within the league, making $30 million per yr.
Higgins is unlikely to obtain a deal value that a lot. Actually, he’s solely projected to obtain about $16.4 million per season, based on Spotrac. With a powerful end to his 2023 season, although, he might go away an enduring impression and probably increase that to $20 million-plus per yr.
Whether or not or not the Bengals will have the ability to pay him after making Burrow the highest-paid quarterback within the league is unknown, however they are going to have the ability to franchise tag and commerce him if the cash would not work on their aspect.
There is not a greater time than now for Higgins, who will get to face Pittsburgh, which has allowed 25 factors per recreation the previous three weeks.
Higgins will earn each penny if he helps his crew keep within the playoff race with a dominant end to what has been an underwhelming season to date.