It’s unfortunate that the Cincinnati Bengals and safety Jessie Bates haven’t agreed to terms on a long-term contract.
The Bengals gave their franchise tag to Bates to buy time for negotiations.
Unfortunately, the July 15 deadline has passed, with the two sides failing to sign an agreement.
Therefore, Bates will play under the label which is a fully guaranteed one-year contract.
However, he did not sign the tag and could initiate a detention without being fined.
There should have been no worries about re-signing Bates because he was one of their most productive defensive players, especially during the playoffs.
He was an asset in the secondary who provided big plays when the Bengals needed them.
That’s why the Bengals beat the report Kelsey Conway argues in favor of Bates.
Trey Hendrickson is also up there in terms of production, but Jessie Bates would be right behind them.
The Bengals aren’t a better team without Jessie on the court and even if Dax Hill turns out to be great, he’s still going to take time to develop and the window for the #Bengals is now. https://t.co/Uo9YWdWSfr
— Kelsey Conway (@KelseyLConway) July 18, 2022
Conway tweeted: “Trey Hendrickson is also up there in terms of production, but Jessie Bates would be right behind them. The Bengals aren’t a better team without Jessie on the court and while Dax Hill turns out to be great, he’s still going to take time to develop and the window for the #Bengals is now.
Even James Palmer of “Good Morning Football” said that Bates is the team’s second most important player behind Joe Burrow.
The problem between Bates and the Bengals
Money is the root cause of the rift between the two parties.
Bates’ camp argues he deserves to be paid near the cap of the security market at $18 million a year.
The Bengals are looking for a near-tag annual average value of around $12 million a year.
They need to address the huge gap to satisfy both parties.
But given his performance last season, Cincinnati could give him a short contract that averages near maximum value.
That way, it would be easier to get rid of his contract if his performance turns out to be a one-season wonder.