Latest Contract Extension Doesn't Bode Well For Bengals

The Jaguars and Pro Bowl linebacker Josh Allen reached an agreement on a five-year, $150 million contract on Wednesday morning, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Allen becomes the seventh designated player this offseason to sign a long-term contract, leaving Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. 

Winfield and Tampa Bay "have been negotiating a new contract that would make him the highest-paid safety in the NFL, and there is optimism that it will be finalized," according to Schefter.

In that case, Higgins would be the sole remaining player to have been assigned a tag without being offered a long-term contract.

The 25-year-old submitted a trade request in March, shortly after disclosing that the club had not engaged in discussions regarding an extension of his long-term contract since that time. 

If he becomes the sole designated player remaining in Cincinnati, it would not be unexpected for the atmosphere to become slightly more solemn.

In light of head coach Zac Taylor's recent remarks regarding the circumstance, the Bengals have not appeared concerned with granting Higgins' trade request.

Taylor stated, "We are thrilled that Tee will have a fantastic year for us," as reported by Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

We believe he represents our most advantageous opportunity to secure a Super Bowl victory." "I anticipate that working with Tee again this year will be just as enjoyable as the previous four.