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The Cincinnati Bengals are reportedly willing to exercise the franchise mark on safety Jessie Bates III to forestall him from turning into an unrestricted free agent when the novel NFL league year begins March 16.
Tyler Dragon of USA These days reported Saturday the Bengals are “seemingly” to exercise the mark on Bates, though the perimeters will proceed to discuss about a long-timeframe contract extension.
Bates has emerged as a key member of the Cincinnati secondary for the reason that personnel chosen him in the second round of the 2018 draft.
The 25-year-frail Wake Woodland product has recorded 408 total tackles, 35 passes defended, 10 interceptions, two pressured fumbles and a touchdown throughout 63 profession video games. He added 20 tackles and two picks in this past season’s playoff bustle to Mighty Bowl LVI.
Whereas his baseline numbers are precise, he got a mediocre 56.2 overall grade from Knowledgeable Soccer Level of curiosity for the 2021 season.
In February, Bates acknowledged throughout an look on NFL Community (by process of ESPN’s Ben Toddler) he hoped to remain with the Bengals and sought what he felt used to be an outstanding-market extension, which failed to necessarily mean turning into the league’s best doubtless-paid safety.
“Or no longer it is laborious to gain a undeniable atmosphere, a undeniable work atmosphere, and I’ve expressed that to Cincinnati,” Bates acknowledged.
He added: “I’m no longer too shy about the ego half of being the very best doubtless-paid safety. But I manufacture know price over price.”
The one-year contract gentle connected with the franchise mark is estimated at $13 million for 2022, essentially based mostly on Spotrac.
Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos is at point out the tip-paid safety for next season at $15.1 million, per Spotrac. The leisure over $10 million would crack the space’s top 10.
If the Bengals indirectly exercise the franchise mark on Bates to forestall him from hitting the initiate market, they’ll possess till July 15 to designate him to an extension. After that, his most productive ideas are signing the one-year gentle or sitting out.
Cincinnati director of player personnel Duke Tobin acknowledged Tuesday that Bates is a player they “need going ahead,” and head coach Zac Taylor echoed that sentiment.
“He is been an outstanding person, represented this organization the magnificent map and so we’re correct form going by means of this process now,” Taylor told journalists. “We need him support absolutely and what that appears to be like admire, we proceed to work by means of it now.”
So, barring a drastic turn of occasions, Bates might maybe maybe be support to serve lead the Bengals’ secondary in 2022. The necessary aspects surrounding that return are gathered up in the air, though.