The Cincinnati Bengals' journey to Super Bowl LVI is something that most fans won't forget. While safety Jessie Bates played a big role in his team's success, he and the club have been unable to come to terms on a contract extension after he was franchise tagged back in March.
Bengals fans were hoping that Bates would be extended by Friday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, but that no longer is the case. NFL insider Josina Anderson is now reporting that the two sides have hit a snag and it's gotten to the point where 25-year-old plans to hold out of team activities.
Jessie Bates Contract Rumors
Anderson reports that Bates "has no intentions of reporting to training camp, nor playing on the franchise tag." Fellow insider Ian Rapoport also says that Cincinnati's final offer to the defender was "only $4M more" than what the franchise tag offers him while also locking him down for five more seasons.
Bates told NFL Network in May that he had no desire to play on the franchise tag. He said that some players have gotten injured while playing on the tag, which hinders future paydays. Using that logic, you can't exactly fault him for wanting to secure as much money as possible.
The former second-team All-Pro safety racked up 88 tackles, four defended passes and an interception in 15 games with the Bengals last season. He then went on to add another pair of picks and four more broken-up passes during Cincinnati's postseason run.
The Bengals also have a good reason not to give into Bates' demands. They just drafted former Michigan S Daxton Hill in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. If they see the rookie as an eventual Bates replacement, it's understandable why they don't want to meet the latter's financial demands.
Nevertheless, Hill has a ways to go before he's on Bates' level. Hopefully, the Fort Wayne, IN native and the Bengals can reach common ground in the coming weeks. The 2022 NFL season is less than two months away and Cincinnati needs all the help it can get to go on another miracle run.
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