Calvin Ridley is set to become a free agent. If the Jacksonville Jaguars decide to let him walk, they'll need to find a replacement. One name that has routinely made noise in the offseason is Tee Higgins, who's scheduled to hit the open market. In Jacksonville, he would be reunited with former Clemson teammate Trevor Lawrence. By his own admission, Lawrence knows the odds of that happening aren't great but he would most definitely be thrilled if it happened.
Lawrence said during Super Bowl Weekend that he knows there are many moving pieces but he would welcome Higgins if there was a chance.
"I'd be very surprised if Cincinnati lets him go. I don't think that's going that's going to happen but if there were an opportunity," Lawrence said. "it would be great to play with T. We text a little bit back and forth. The league is funny. You just never know how things are going to work out. So many factors are at play, but of course, that's a guy that I've played with, that we have a great chemistry, great player. I wouldn't be upset at all if he came to Jacksonville."
Higgins was Lawrence's most trusted target at Clemson, playing a huge role in helping the Tigers win the 2019 CFP National Championship. Following a strong junior season, the Tennesee native declared for the 2020 draft and landed with the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 33.
Right off the bat, Higgins had an impact, nearly topping 1,000 yards as a rookie. Even when Cincy drafted Ja'Marr Chase, he was still an integral piece of their offense. While injuries held him back last season, he would be in high demand if he's available in the open market.
Higgins is currently No. 4 in Pro Football Focus' top 150 list of free agents for 2024. Here's a clip of Lawrence talking about potentially reuniting with Higgins, via Travis D. Holmes.
Tee Higgins would be a great addition to the Jacksonville Jaguars
Leaving aside that Tee Higgins was Trevor Lawrence's teammate at Clemson, he's a fine player who could help the Jaguars win games in 2024. Having said that there would be a handful of roadblocks that would prevent them from signing him if they chose to make a run for him in free agency.
First, it's not a given that Higgins will be available. The Bengals will (or should) make an aggressive effort to re-sign him. If they do lock him up, it will be out of the question, but even if he hits the open market, Jacksonville wouldn't be his only suitor. General Trent Baalke has shown he's not afraid to swing for the fences but it's uncertain if he would be willing to pay top-market money for Higgins.
There's also Calvin Ridley. He was their No. 1 receiver last year and Baalke seems comfortable with the idea of bringing back. The downside of extending Ridley is that the Jaguars would need to give the Atlanta Falcons a second-round selection as part of the trade they made in 2022 to acquire him. However, the pick will only be a third-rounder if they let him leave in free agency. That may be a deciding factor in whether to give Ridley an extension or not.
As Lawrence suggested, playing with Higgins again would be huge, but it's possibly a long shot. He knows it, which is why he's not holding his breath.