Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) and both teams leave for the locker room as the game is suspended in the first quarter of the NFL Week 17 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills at Paycor Stadium in Downtown Cincinnati on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. The game was suspended with suspended in the first quarter after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) was taken away in an ambulance following a play. Syndication: The Enquirer

The Cincinnati Bengals have a decision to make regarding star wide receiver Tee Higgins as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March. Higgins’ future with the team is a bit in question given his current contract situation coupled with the fact that several Bengals stars are due for contract extensions. But star quarterback Joe Burrow doesn’t sound too worried about it.

During his press conference on Monday, Joe Burrow – who is obviously a leader of the team and is close with Higgins personally – boldly and somewhat shockingly that he expects Tee Higgins to be back with the Bengals next season.

“Well obviously, we’d love to have Tee back,” Burrow said in his press conference according to Pro Football Talk. “He’s a big part of what we’ve done here. And it’s no secret, our relationship.

“So, I expect Tee to be back. I think that’s the sentiment in the locker room — we all want Tee back. We know what kind of player he is, we know what kind of person he is. He’s what being a Bengal is all about. So, like you said, we’ll see. But I think we should have a good opportunity.”

Obviously, this is a pretty shocking statement from Burrow, especially considering that it doesn’t look like it will be easy for the Bengals to afford Higgins, and the NFL world had a lot to say about it.

We’ll have to see whether or not the Bengals can get a deal done that keeps Higgins in Cincinnati.

[Pro Football Talk]