While there is a good chance an NFL team would more likely pick up the phone and try to negotiate a trade before these three players hit the open market, stranger things have happen. Nevertheless, these three Dynasty Studs might be wearing different jersey colors in 2024
Higgins, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal, has been the target of trade speculations that have circulated over the summer. There is a genuine issue as to whether or not Cincinnati can give top-of-the-market contracts to both Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase and still create an efficient squad while also paying Higgins more than 20 million dollars annually. Although Higgins has been a strong second-round draft selection for Cincinnati, there is a real question as to whether or not Cincinnati can pay Higgins more than 20 million dollars annually. It is possible for Cincinnati to apply the franchise tag on Higgins in 2024, which will give them more flexibility during the season. Higgins is going to have some fascinating options to consider regarding free agency. In an offense directed by Joe Burrow, his production will be limited if he remains in Cincinnati due to Chase being the primary wide receiver. However, if he departs Cincinnati, Higgins may experience an increase in his workload as a wide receiver 1 in an offense that features a quarterback who is less talented than Burrow.
Since his first year in the league in 2014, Mike Evans has established himself as the most reliable wide receiver in dynasty fantasy football. Evans will turn 30 in August and has consistently ranked among the top 24 wide receivers over the previous nine years. Evans is now playing in the final season of his contract and is 30th all-time in receiving touchdowns while also ranking 45th all-time in receiving yards. If Evans were to continue his career average for just two more seasons, he would be just on the cusp of the top 10 and top 20 on those lists, respectively. In each of the previous three seasons, Evans has had a yards-per-route run average that is higher than his career average. As a result, he has been mentioned as a possible player to be traded to a competitive club.
The next month of December will mark Calvin Ridley’s 29th birthday, and he is now in the last year of his rookie deal. After missing a significant amount of time in 2021 due to personal concerns, he was eventually suspended for the 2022 season because of his gambling on NFL games. After that, Atlanta sent Ridley to Jacksonville in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2023 and a conditional pick that has a chance of being a second-rounder in 2024. As a point of comparison, A.J. Brown, Tyreek Hill, and Marquise Brown were each awarded a first-round draft pick in exchange for their services, although Ridley’s price tag was more comparable to that of the transaction that sent Chase Claypool from Pittsburgh to Chicago. However, dynastic general managers anticipate that Ridley will have a more restricted market in free agency than they anticipate when it comes to finding a new team to play with.