In Bengals news, Tee Higgins' extension is something that fans are still waiting on. Also, if the Cincinnati Bengals don't win the Super Bowl this season, it'll be a disappointing campaign for the Stripes.
While Joe Burrow will likely be the first member of the Bengals to get extended, it wouldn't be shocking if the team figured out an extension for Higgins not long after. The former second-round pick has had over 900 receiving yards in each of his three seasons and is basically another WR1 for them as opposed to a WR2.
Higgins probably would have won Super Bowl MVP for the Bengals had the team been able to defeat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI. If the Bengals fail to win their first Lombardi Trophy in the 2023 season, it'll be looked at as a disappointment.
Here's what's trending in Bengals news.
One trade, free agent signing or extension for all 32 NFL teams before 2023 training camp [Brad Spielberger, PFF]
Spielberger said that extending Tee Higgins is what the Bengals need to do before training camp gets underway. Obviously, Burrow is going to get extended so while Spielberger didn't say so, that's probably why he went with the Higgins extension over Burrow's.
"Higgins’ 2.08 yards per route run since 2021 ranks 13th, but Jaylen Waddle at 2.15 yards per route run is the only player ahead of him who is also not the No. 1 receiving weapon on his team. With Tyler Boyd entering a contract year and Joe Mixon’s deal up in 2024, Cincinnati can find a way to keep its three-headed offensive monster if the front office stays proactive and get Higgins done early, enabling them to spread out the cash and cap hits over the next several years."- Brad Spielberger
State of the 2023 Cincinnati Bengals: Super Bowl or bust for Joe Burrow and company [Adam Rank, NFL.com]
This is a great write-up of what to expect from Burrow and the Bengals this year. He notes that Burrow will be the team's MVP, Orlando Brown Jr. is a name to know, and that Dax Hill is set to be a breakout star.
Top 25 NFL players 25 and under for 2023: Vikings' Justin Jefferson among nine WRs, Cowboys with two in top 10 [Cody Benjamin, CBS Sports]
Ja'Marr Chase appeared at No. 5 on the list and Tee Higgins came in at No. 23.