No. 2 projected free agent the Jaguars should pursue in 2024: Tee Higgins, WR
The Jaguars have one of the best wide receiver corps in the NFL. After signing Christian Kirk and Zay Jones in free agency, they traded for Calvin Ridley before last year's deadline. Kirk and Jones both got three-year deals, so their contracts run through 2024. Ridley, on the other hand, is entering the fifth year of his rookie deal and is slated to become a free agent in 2024.
The team's brass will prioritize re-signing Ridley, who's been everything they expected and then some. However, there's the chance he'll be one and done in Jacksonville and if that's the case, Tee Higgins could be a potential replacement.
Earlier this year, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic broke the news that the Cincinnati Bengals could place Higgins on the trade block if they didn't agree to a contract extension. Higgins ultimately stayed in Cincy but hasn't gotten the long-term deal he expected. In fact, Dehner reports that the wideout doesn't plan to engage in contract talks during the 2023 season after not getting an offer to his liking.
Higgins has been a highly productive player for the Bengals since they drafted him 33rd overall in 2020. The former Clemson Tiger logged 215 receptions for 3,028 yards in his first three seasons and has been an integral part of the offense the last two years despite the fact that Ja'Marr Chase is the main target.
Now, it's not a given that Calvin Ridley will hit the open market but if he does, Higgins, who previously caught passes from Trevor Lawrence at Clemson, would be a solid replacement.