Chargers Could Pull Off Blockbuster Trade For This Star Receiver

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The Los Angeles Chargers are in serious need of help at the wide receiver position after subtracting both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams this offseason.

The Chargers do have Joshua Palmer and second-year wide out Quentin Johnston, and they did select Ladd McConkey in the NFL Draft.

However, Los Angeles is in need of some proven weapons at the position, which is why ESPN’s Matt Bowen thinks LA represents the best possible trade destination for Cincinnati Bengals star Tee Higgins.

“With a pass game that will be heavily schemed and include play-action elements under new coach Jim Harbaugh, the Chargers could create both isolation matchups and open voids for Higgins to produce,” Bowen wrote.

Higgins requested a trade earlier this offseason after the Bengals slapped a franchise tag on him, preventing him from reaching free agency.

The two sides have been unable to reach a long-term agreement and have until the middle of July to do so, but with Cincinnati paying quarterback Joe Burrow $55 million annually and still having to lock up fellow receiver Ja’Marr Chase with an extension, it’s not looking very likely that the Bengals will be able to strike a pact with Higgins within the next couple of months.

Higgins is coming off of a 2023 campaign in which he was limited to 12 games due to injuries. During the time he was on the field, he caught 42 passes for 656 yards and five touchdowns, marking what was, by far, the least productive season of his career.

The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Clemson, was selected by Cincinnati in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

He enjoyed a very impressive rookie year, registering 67 catches for 908 yards and six scores. He showed improvement in his sophomore campaign, hauling in 74 receptions for 1,091 yards while reaching the end zone six times. Higgins then posted nearly identical numbers in 2022, snaring 74 balls for 1,029 yards and seven touchdowns.

It’s important to Higgins was the Bengals’ No. 2 receiver behind Chase the past three seasons, so it’s entirely possible he would post much bigger numbers in a No. 1 role. He would certainly be the No. 1 guy in Los Angeles.

We’ll see if the Chargers end up placing a call to the Bengals in the coming weeks.

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