Justin Jefferson's extension is Ja'Marr Chase's top priority.

Ja'Marr Chase, a receiver for the Bengals, is eligible to sign a contract extension this summer. The Bengals will almost certainly activate his fifth-year option, keeping him under team control until 2025, and he still has one year remaining on his rookie deal.

A new contract with the Bengals, though, is something Chase is hoping to finalize soon. "Oh my goodness, I would love to do that. "I mean, but we'll see what happens," Chase said on Thursday, according to Callie Lawson-Freeman of SI.com.

Following quarterback Joe Burrow's September signing of a five-year, $275 million contract, Bengals president Mike Brown has been forthright about the difficulty of attempting to retain Chase and receiver Tee Higgins. With a hamstring injury, Higgins is questionable for Sunday's game, although he has probably played in his last game with the Bengals.

In March, Higgins will be eligible to sign with any team that wants him. This week, someone asked Chase if he would lower his demands in order to retain Higgins.

"It's an excellent question," Chase remarked. We don't know. How much I take will determine it. Whether or not I end up taking a cut depends on the day's events. It could originate from an unanticipated source.

This week, Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb stated his goal of becoming the league's highest-paid receiver. At the moment, the highest-paid wide receiver is Tyreek Hill of the Dolphins, who has an average salary of $30 million in new money. Whenever Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson signs an agreement, he likely resets the market at the position, and Chase is aware of this.

Laughing, Chase responded, "hell, yeah" when asked whether Jefferson has to close a deal before signing an extension. That's exactly what Burrow did when quarterback Justin Herbert signed a $262 million, five-year contract with the Chargers.

During discussions, Chase stated that he will provide "upfront" money his priority. Burrow's agreement has a fixed sum for the second year, but Chase has been vague about his demands. "I am uncertain. "You're pushing it a bit too far, my friend," Chase remarked. "Added some flavor to your dish. Half of it is fine to keep.

This season, Chase caught 96 passes for 1,197 yards and seven touchdowns, earning him a spot in the Pro Bowl for the third year in a row. Even though he has a shoulder issue, he will participate in Sunday's Bengals game in an effort to reach 100 receptions for the season.

Watch this space for further developments.