The Facts: Higgins, who slipped off the carpet last year and into Freddie Kitchens’ doghouse, is still wanted by the Browns at the right price, a league source told cleveland.com. The Browns met with the receiver’s agent, Michael Swensen, at the NFL combine about Higgins’ future, and told him they’re still interested in the 2016 fifth-round pick.
Diehards Line: According to Plain Dealer staffer Mary Kay Cabot, no numbers were discussed and Higgins expects to hit the free-agent market on March 18, where he’ll be unrestricted and free to sign with any team. Teams can also “legally tamper” with free agents from March 16-18, discussing potential deals but not reaching agreements. Higgins, who suffered a sprained MCL last season that cost him Weeks 2-5, caught only four passes for 55 yards and one 1 TD last season, which hurt his market value. But Higgins got on the bad side of Kitchens when he criticized him for not making him active against the 49ers in Week 5, and then had a misunderstanding with the coaching staff when he declined to enter the game in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks. Higgins caught only two passes in the nine games following that incident, and was a healthy scratch for the season finale, a shocking loss to the then one-win Bengals.