Hard to See Titans Acquiring Tee Higgins in Tag-and-Trade Scenario

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The buzz from those around the Bengals is that the team is likely to put a franchise tag on Tee Higgins, the receiver who would be the top free agent at the position.

That will cost Cincinnati $21.67 million, a big number but one it can make worth given an estimated $53.2 million in effective cap space per overthecap.com. The franchise-tagged safety Jessie Bates in 2022 before losing him as a free agent to Atlanta last season.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) catches a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens safety Ar'Darius Washington (29) defends in the third quarter of a Week 2 NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.
Tee Higgins/ © Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

The tagging period starts Tuesday and runs through March 5.

The Titans are desperate for receiver help and would likely court Higgins were he to hit the market given his 6-foot-4, 219-pound build and steady production – 24 touchdowns in 58 games to go with nearly seven targets and five catches a game that have produced an average of 63.5 yards a game and 14.3 yards a catch.

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