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Will Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins skip? Chase indicated last week that he plans to attend minicamp, thereby avoiding potential fines. That would seem to answer one question and provide the Bengals their top wideout as they get Joe Burrow back into gear this offseason. The other question is whether Chase will get his big deal before hitting the field -- Justin Jefferson's massive contract came down at the open of mandatory minicamp. Higgins has yet to sign his franchise tender, so skipping wouldn't technically be considered a holdout (he's not under contract until he signs the tender or a new deal). Higgins wants a new deal or a trade to a club that will give him one. Following their modus operandi, the Bengals seem inclined to provide neither. The most likely outcome appears that Higgins sits out most of the offseason, is forced to play on the tag and then hits free agency, similar to how the Jessie Bates situation played out. How might that affect Higgins' play in 2024 remains to be seen.

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The mandatory minicamp is scheduled for Tuesday thru Thursday, but if they get good work in the first 2 days the final day practice might be dropped.

 

Burrow is expected to throw both tomorrow and Wednesday, maybe Thursday too if the practice isn't cancelled.. 

 

The minicamp will take place inside the practice facility rather than outside where the various positions groups can work separately on the various fields. This should mean much more competitive practices, probably quite a bit of 11-on-11 stuff which they have not done up until now. The minicamp will be open to the media.

 

 

 

 

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21 minutes ago, T-Dub said:

If he hasn't signed the franchise tender then he isn't a member of the team, right? So it's not really mandatory for Higgins at all. He's an ERFA until he signs.

 

Yes but you know they will make drama out of it.

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3 hours ago, Le Tigre said:

And vastly more than should be. 

 

I think this has been the case with every franchise tagged player that I can remember. None of them like it and all of them pout for a little while so everyone knows it. Then they decide to put the team first and suffer through the indignity of getting paid 10s of millions of dollars to play with a ball for a year.

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1 hour ago, T-Dub said:

 

I think this has been the case with every franchise tagged player that I can remember. None of them like it and all of them pout for a little while so everyone knows it. Then they decide to put the team first and suffer through the indignity of getting paid 10s of millions of dollars to play with a ball for a year.

In fairness to these players, “pouting” is a poor description. Most know that they have that one year—especially when they completely know they will not get a long term deal and will not be traded. Because their body is their one high-value chip, they will not risk it by “competing” against other guys in shorts during June. When the time comes to sign the tender, they do. They are once again employees and will do as instructed. 
 

The “attitude” and “ getting behind in the playbook” are the usual bollocks repeated on an annual basis. I remember Dexter Manley never used to show up for TC any year. He was fined over and over again. He just didn’t want to go through training camps. Then, he would report the final week, head out on the field, and play at an All-Pro level. Every year. The writers never peed their pants over it back then…but there were a fraction of them also as there are now, so drama has to be the story line. 

 

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8 hours ago, T-Dub said:

If he hasn't signed the franchise tender then he isn't a member of the team, right? So it's not really mandatory for Higgins at all. He's an ERFA until he signs.

Tee may be unhappy about no long-term here but to think he won't take that franchise money all said and done won't happen imo.

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2 hours ago, Le Tigre said:

In fairness to these players, “pouting” is a poor description. Most know that they have that one year—especially when they completely know they will not get a long term deal and will not be traded. Because their body is their one high-value chip, they will not risk it by “competing” against other guys in shorts during June. When the time comes to sign the tender, they do. They are once again employees and will do as instructed. 
 

The “attitude” and “ getting behind in the playbook” are the usual bollocks repeated on an annual basis. I remember Dexter Manley never used to show up for TC any year. He was fined over and over again. He just didn’t want to go through training camps. Then, he would report the final week, head out on the field, and play at an All-Pro level. Every year. The writers never peed their pants over it back then…but there were a fraction of them also as there are now, so drama has to be the story line. 

 

 

Yeah I'm not mad at him but at the same time the idea of him getting hurt and having to get by with close to $30M doesn't leave me too concerned for his future. I don't blame him for wanting to extend his career & all that but the franchise tag means generational wealth for anyone that doesn't take a private jet to go grocery shopping or keep a herd of giraffes as pets. All that hand-wringing is hard to take seriously. He'll be ok.

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4 hours ago, T-Dub said:

 

Yeah I'm not mad at him but at the same time the idea of him getting hurt and having to get by with close to $30M doesn't leave me too concerned for his future. I don't blame him for wanting to extend his career & all that but the franchise tag means generational wealth for anyone that doesn't take a private jet to go grocery shopping or keep a herd of giraffes as pets. All that hand-wringing is hard to take seriously. He'll be ok.

Not even so much him, but all of these players. This is the price for our entertainment. “You want the best, you got the best”. 
 

I have never taken them seriously. 

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Saying the Bengals have a deep roster is a stretch. It would mean backups pushing starters in every position group and no obvious roster holes. I wouldn't describe the roster that way, but then I'm not paid by the team to say stuff like that. 

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