Bengals’ blockbuster trade proposal ousts Tee Higgins for Justin Jefferson

Tee Higgins could be traded to the Minnesota Vikings for Justin Jefferson.

As Tee Higgins continues to be absent from organized team activities, it seems more logical for the Cincinnati Bengals to make a trade.

Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine suggests the Bengals trade Higgins plus draft capital for Minnesota Vikings superstar Justin Jefferson. In Ballentine’s proposed trade, the Bengals give up Higgins and both a 2025 first- and third-round pick.

Jefferson continues to negotiate a contract with the Vikings, putting his future in doubt. The Bengals can strike and reconnect with Jefferson’s past as he can reunite with former LSU star quarterback Joe Burrow and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.

They helped the Tigers dominate 2019 with 48.4 points and 568.9 total yards per game en route to an undefeated 15-0 national championship. Cincinnati could commit an immediate offense if Burrow throws to Chase and Jefferson.

“If they reunite, they will certainly do the same to the league,” Ballentine wrote. “The Bengals’ Burrow and Chase are one of the best wide receiver quarterback connections in the league when both are healthy. Adding Jefferson to that mix would be unfair to defenses across the league.”

“That’s obviously why the salary cap makes it extremely difficult to spend that much money on a quarterback and two receivers,” Ballentine added. “Both Jefferson and Chase are expected to be worth more than $30.2 million annually, and Burrow’s contract has an average annual value of $55 million.”

“It was this predicament that made it difficult for the Bengals to extend Tee Higgins past the one-year franchise deadline when they knew a Chase extension was imminent,” Ballentine continued.

The Bengals will have to spend a lot of money to get Justin Jefferson

This is the best game Justin Jefferson has ever played.

Cincinnati has $23.54 million remaining in salary cap space for this year. The Bengals project $57.23 million through 2025, with significant free agent needs ahead. While Chase can’t become a free agent until 2026, the Bengals will have to extend his contract sooner or later, as Ballentine noted.

“Ultimately, it’s a move that may be too rich for the Bengals. Spending so much draft capital and cap flexibility on Jefferson could cripple their ability to build a championship roster,” Ballentine wrote.

“However, the offense will be downright scary and the compensation will be very attractive to the Vikings given Higgins’ talent and the options that come with it,” Ballentine added.

Bengals Pairing Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson are said to be ‘All-Time Greats’

Jefferson didn’t just appeal to the Bengals based on what he did with Burrow and Chase in the Bayou. The Vikings superstar is arguably the best wide receiver in the game.

Jefferson surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first four seasons, and he averaged 15 yards per reception. He also has 30 career touchdowns and has never had fewer than five in a season. The NFL rewarded Jefferson’s prowess with Offensive Player of the Year, three All-Pro honors and three Pro Bowl appearances.

Chase is a dangerous receiver in his own right with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to open his career. Last season he had 1,216 yards and seven touchdowns.

At LSU in 2019, Chase and Jefferson made Burrow’s job easy with just 3,320 yards and 38 touchdowns.

“Working with Jefferson and Chase would be one of the greatest combinations of all time,” Balletine wrote.

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