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Tee Higgins commerce rumors: Steelers have mentioned buying Bengals’ franchise-tagged receiver

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Omar Khan is seemingly going for the hat trick. After buying quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Justin Fields for lower than $4.5 million earlier this offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers normal supervisor is seemingly trying into the potential of buying Cincinnati Bengals wideout Tee Higgins

The Steelers have internally mentioned buying and selling for Higgins, in keeping with 93.7 The Fan. There are questions, nonetheless, relating to the acquisition price and Higgins’ upcoming contract (he’s at present slated to play the 2024 season beneath the franchise tag), together with the prospect of the Bengals buying and selling Higgins to a division rival, per the report. 

Pittsburgh’s reported curiosity in Higgins is smart. The Steelers are reportedly in buying a veteran wideout who can substitute Diontae Johnson, who was traded to the Carolina Panthers earlier this offseason. The Steelers have been linked to former Bengals free agent wideout Tyler Boyd, however cash has reportedly held issues up there. 

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The Steelers would definitely be prepared to pay Higgins greater than Boyd, although. Higgins is taken into account a No. 1 receiver regardless of enjoying second-fiddle to Ja’Marr Chase in Cincinnati. However buying Higgins would possible complicate issues relating to George Pickens, the Steelers’ present No. 1 wideout. You may’t pay two wideouts like a No. 1 receiver, which might most likely be the issue ought to the Steelers purchase Higgins. 

It is potential that the Steelers would deal Pickens in trade for Higgins, however there was nothing that might point out that Pittsburgh has any plans to half with Pickens, who’s simply midway by way of his rookie contract. 

Pittsburgh’s reported concern over Cincinnati buying and selling Higgins to a division rival is legitimate. The Bengals worth Higgins and need to preserve him on their roster for the 2024 season regardless of Higgins’ current commerce request. Cincinnati reportedly will not even take into account buying and selling Higgins except they’re confronted with a suggestion they cannot refuse. One such provide would possible embody a first-round decide within the upcoming draft that might permit them to amass Higgins’ substitute. 

The Steelers would possible be prepared to surrender their present first-round decide (the twentieth general decide) for Higgins, thus giving Cincinnati the 18th and twentieth general picks. However as talked about earlier, Higgins’ possible contract expectations and the Bengals’ possible resistance to deal him to a division rival are two explanation why such a deal might be a pipe dream. 

Higgins coming to Pittsburgh is a protracted shot, however given Khan’s monitor report this offseason, nothing must be dominated out on the subject of the Steelers and free company.

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