Bengals Franchise Tag S Jessie Bates

According to Dan Graziano, the Bengals have placed the franchise tag on S Jessie Bates.

Jessie Bates

This has been expected for a while, although Bates has made it clear that he would prefer a long-term extension over the franchise tag this offseason.

He also wants to return to the Bengals, while still becoming the highest-paid safety in the NFL.

The franchise tag is projected to cost teams around $13.5 million for the safety position this offseason. Bates and the Bengals will have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal, otherwise he has to play out the 2022 season on the tag. 

Bates, 25, is a former second-round pick of the Bengals back in 2018. He played out the final year of his four-year rookie contract worth $4,947,818 that included a signing bonus of $1,678,412.

Bates was set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. 

In 2021, Bates appeared in 15 games for the Bengals and recorded 88 tackles, one interception, a fumble recovery, and four pass deflections.

We had him included in our Top 100 – 2022 Free Agents list

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