Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver Tee Higgins
What’s behind door number three? Let’s continue to go for the fences with this trade. It may be a bit out of bounds but I’m trying anyway. I’m almost certainly barking up the wrong tree here, but I can’t help myself.
Would Cincinnati be willing to deal their big play receiver for a first-round pick to get from under the cloud of paying him next season especially with Jamar Chase and Tyler Boyd already on the roster? I would say it’s at least a possibility.
For the Dallas Cowboys, the current second receiver, Michael Gallup, is technically locked up through 2026 but they have an out after the 2023 season if they want to take it. Would you prefer to load up your receiver room with a ‘1a and 1b’ receiver duo? I do like the sound of that. The contract situation for both Higgins and Lamb would be tough, but Jerry has dealt with tougher things.
there’s no receiver the Dallas Cowboys could conceivably obtain in the NFL draft that can do what Tee Higgins can do.
What would not be tough is pushing the ball downfield. His ability to high point the ball and bring down contested catches is second to none in the entire NFL. It goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway – there’s no receiver the Dallas Cowboys could conceivably obtain in the NFL draft that can do what Tee Higgins can do.
Maybe a couple of those guys will get there in a couple of years, but it won’t be next year and that’s what is most important for Dallas.
Mike McCarthy should pull the same move that Jason Garrett pulled when they signed Ezekiel Elliott prematurely to an extension. Jason wanted his best player to make one last run. Mike needs to force Jerry’s hand as well and make him push his chips to the middle of the table. If you have to walk that long foggy road to Lame Ducksville, you should push for the team to acquire as much talent as possible.
From an analytical standpoint, Higgins was solid as well. According to PFF, he was ranked 20th as a receiver in the NFL with an offensive grade of 78.4. From a statistical standpoint, 74 receptions and 1029 receiving yards will get the job down as well.
With Dak Prescott, I doubt there would be a huge drop off in his targets and his production. It would be a matchup nightmare for most defensive backfields. Higgins played some snaps (159) from the slot but predominantly had most his snaps (768) lined up out wide which is exactly what Dallas needs.
The Dallas Cowboys just cleared up some cap space for a move exactly like this one. Jerry, it’s time to use some of that money to make the push you need to get your team over the hump.