Bengals shut down Higgins trade rumours: 'Go find your own' WR

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The Cincinnati Bengals have shut down any speculation about Tee Higgins being on the trading block.

Third-year wide receiver Higgins, 24, is about to enter the final year of his rookie contract, sparking rumours of a switch due to the fact that 23-year-old Ja'Marr Chase will be due one of the biggest receiver contracts in NFL history when his time to extend arrives next offseason.

Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin, however, refuted those claims emphatically during the NFL scouting combine.

"I'm in the business of making the Cincinnati Bengals better, so trading Tee Higgins is not on my mind," Tobin told reporters.

"That's their problem. If [other teams] want a receiver, go find your own.

"In my opinion, Tee Higgins is a good piece for the Cincinnati Bengals, so the trade stuff is a little ridiculous right now."

Higgins is one of several players who are due for contract extension this or next year alongside Chase and quarterback Joe Burrow.

Tobin's comments indicate that the Bengals are willing to offer him a lucrative extension to remain with the 2021 AFC Champions.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor also scoffed at the Higgins speculation.

"That's why whenever you see the rumours floating around there, it's nonsense," Taylor said. "At the end of the day, I do get to call the plays and it's fun having [playmakers] out there. You don't really want to give that up."

Higgins scored a career-best seven touchdowns from 74 receptions for 1,029 yards in the 2022 regular season.