#7 – WR Rashard Higgins
Surgeries, injuries and for some reason just not having enough of the coaching staff’s respect or trust to play, pick a reason and that’s why Rashard Higgins shouldn’t be re-signed. A flash in the pan for 2018 , where he caught enough passes to take him over the 500-yard mark, many people saw him as the slot receiver to end all slot receivers. Yet, he disappeared. Playing in only a handful of games before being deactivated for the season finale.
Made worse by his dour year statistically came the allusion by then-head-coach Freddie Kitchens that the reason Higgins wasn’t playing was due to problems with Higgins inside the locker room. Speaking to Nate Ulrich and Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal, Kitchens told them;
"Everything we’re looking for. He knows. We know."
This sounds like Higgins was kept off the field due to a lack of effort. With him set to enter free agency this year, why would you want to bring back a player that was this disruptive? Before everyone goes to the “Kitchens was a bad coach” defense, remember this; you can only control how you react to a situation, not how a situation reacts to you. If Higgins wasn’t a malcontent, then he wouldn’t have been deactivated.
He may have not played much regardless, but at least he wouldn’t be seen as having attitude issues. Just because your boss might be bad at his job, or even mean to you, does not give you the right to act like a fool. Only children think that way.