Cincinnati Bengals Linked To Pro Bowl Wide Receiver

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The Cincinnati Bengals boast one of the NFL’s top receiving duos in Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, although they have certainly encountered some issues this offseason.

Not only did the Bengals lose No. 3 receiver Tyler Boyd in free agency, but Higgins has not yet signed his franchise tender and has not been present at any of Cincinnati’s offseason workouts as a result.

Chances are, Higgins will ultimately ink his tender and play out 2024 with the Bengals, but even if he does, Cincy could use some depth at wide out after Boyd’s departure.

That’s why Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine feels that the Bengals would be a great fit for Hunter Renfrow.

Renfrow is still curiously remaining on the free-agent market in spite of the fact that he has a Pro Bowl appearance on his resume.

Of course, that was back in 2021 with the Las Vegas Raiders, when Renfrow hauled in 103 receptions for 1,038 yards and nine touchdowns. He appeared to be on his way to becoming one of the most prolific pass-catchers in the NFL at the time, but things have taken a bad turn for the Clemson product.

Renfrow played in just 10 games in 2022 due to injuries, and during his time on the field, he caught only 36 passes for 330 yards and a couple of scores. Then, this past year, the 28-year-old logged a mere 25 catches for 255 yards.

Perhaps Renfrow’s injury-riddled 2022 campaign ruined him, but he has demonstrated in the past that he can absolutely be a reliable target. He owns a lifetime catch percentage of 74.1 percent.

The Bengals Can Contend For a Super Bowl Next Season

If all breaks right for the Bengals this fall, they can absolutely contend for a Super Bowl. They are just three seasons removed from a Super Bowl appearance, and two years ago, they got to the AFC Championship Game.

In 2023, Joe Burrow ended up getting knocked out due to a wrist injury 10 games into the campaign, which sabotaged Cincinnati’s playoff chances. The club still ended up going 9-8, but missed the postseason.

Now, Burrow is on the mend, and so long as Higgins is in tow come September, the Bengals should be ready to re-assume their position as legitimate AFC contenders.

Bringing in Renfrow certainly wouldn’t hurt, and with a hopefully healthy Burrow slinging the football around, he could revitalize his career.

Of course, Cincinnati has bigger fish than Renfrow to fry right now, as it needs to get Higgins in camp and also has to worry about paying Chase, who became eligible for an extension this offseason.

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