Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) nearly catches a pass in the third quarter during a Week 16 NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelersl, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Pittsburgh Steelers apparently are struggling with self awareness.

Cincinnati Bengals

 

I wouldn’t blame you if you had to perform a double take after reading that. The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t exactly pals with any of the AFC North clubs, after all. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the Bengals’ primary divisional adversary, despite Baltimore’s recent uptick in performance thanks to MVP candidate Lamar Jackson’s successful regular season. The Steelers have had a string of enormous postseason collapses over the last 20 years have made them formidable opponents. These two excellent franchises are definitely not at odds.

 

 

Cincinnati Bengals Questioned About Trading Tee Higgins to Huge Rival

 

New York Giants Tee Higgins

 

Pittsburgh has even considered making a trade for Tee Higgins, an exceptional wide receiver from Cincinnati, despite the long-standing rivalry between the two teams. Following their announcement that they will be assigning Higgins the franchise tag this offseason, Cincinnati is in a terrible situation with him. It does little to provide the Clemson product a long-term deal, even though it locks him in at a salary of $21.8 million.

Higgins expressed his displeasure with the situation on social media after the announcement and asked the organisation for a swap. Sending him to the New York Giants or the New England Patriots would be the most sensible move, as it would provide Higgins his dream of being a top wide receiver while simultaneously keeping him out of Cincinnati’s sights.

 

Cincinnati Bengals Tee Higgins

 

Let’s now examine the circumstances in Pittsburgh with the addition of renowned quarterback Russell Wilson to help turn around the offence. In addition, the team lost star wide receiver Diontae Johnson to the Carolina Panthers, meaning they lack a top receiver to complement George Pickens, a talented option. On paper, it appears that Higgins would be a fantastic fit to play in the Steel City the next season.

 

 

NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Diontae Johnson

 

Now that we’ve discussed the theory underlying the choice, let’s get back to the actual world. Cincinnati would never in a million years trade Higgins to a bitter rival. Given the already-established animosity between the organisations, it would be a terrible PR disaster. After Ben Roethlisberger retired in 2022, the rivalry may have entered a dormant phase, but it would be unprecedented in club history for Cincinnati to give a young team the last push to emerge as a serious contender.

 

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On paper, that could seem like a terrific idea, but neither organization would have the guts to suggest such a swap. The general manager who lost this deal would not be able to find employment for the foreseeable future, and the loser would be sneered at for the next 10 years. Although Pittsburgh supporters would find it amusing to dream about it, there is just no chance that it will ever come to pass.

 

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