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When the Cincinnati Bengals decided to use their franchise tag on star wide receiver Tee Higgins, it seemed as though the move would ensure that he would be with the team for the 2024 season. But it seems that will not be the case, after all.

According to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter of ESPN, Tee Higgins is not happy with the way contract negotiations have gone between him and the Cincinnati Bengals and is requesting a trade from the team as a result.

“Bengals franchise WR Tee Higgins has requested a trade, per sources. Higgins loves Cincinnati and hoped to be with the team long term, but is disappointed that the team has not had any talks about a long-term contract extension since March 2023. He’s ready to move on to a new home,” Schefter said in a post on X, the social media website that was formerly known as Twitter.

Higgins has played his entire career with the Bengals up to this point after the team selected him with the first pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft – the same draft in which they selected Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick.

We’ll have to see what the team decides to do.

[Adam Schefter]