Wide receiver Tee Higgins of the Cincinnati Bengals defends an agent on social media.

Cincinnati — After the Bengals applied the franchise tag on wide receiver Tee Higgins last month, the player made a formal trade request.

The 25-year-old will probably have to play on a one-year, $21.7 million contract, but he hopes to negotiate a long-term agreement with the Bengals or with another team this summer. David Mulugheta, Higgins’ agent, and the Bengals have until July 15 to decide whether to extend.
Higgins will probably remain in Cincinnati this season for another reason—the organization hasn’t indicated that it would be interested in dealing him.

The former second-round selection is only one of two franchise-tagged players whose organizations have not offered them a long-term deal. Extensions have been approved by seven of the nine tagged players. Higgins and Bucs safety Antoine Winfield Jr. are the two veterans who haven’t reached a long-term agreement.

On Wednesday morning, Higgins defended his agent when a fan accused Mulugheta of refusing to sign a long-term contract with the Bengals.

Higgins tweeted, “Nope, he’s the best.”

In the 2020 NFL Draft, the Bengals selected Higgins with the 33rd overall choice. In 58 career games with the Bengals, he has 3,684 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns to his credit. Take a look at the tweet that follows:

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