Report: Rashard Higgins, Browns Have Had 'Preliminary' Contract Extension Talks

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 9, 2020

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins (82) walks over to the sideline during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Kirk Irwin)
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In the midst of the best season of his career, wide receiver Rashard Higgins has reportedly engaged in contract talks with the Cleveland Browns.

Per NFL reporter Josina Anderson, Higgins and the Browns have had "preliminary discussions" about an extension. 

The Browns selected Higgins in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft. He played sparingly as a rookie before being elevated into the receiver rotation in his second season.

Last season seemed like Higgins and the Browns could be headed toward a separation. Jason Lloyd of The Athletic reported the 26-year-old refused to enter a Week 6 game against the Seattle Seahawks even though coaches asked him to go in. 

Higgins finished the 2019 season with just four catches for 55 yards in 10 games. He re-signed with the team on a one-year deal in May. 

The move has paid off for both parties, with Higgins ranked second on the team with 400 yards and three touchdowns. He has moved into the starting lineup over the past two weeks and had six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-35 win over the Tennessee Titans.