The deadline for franchise gamers to signal multiyear contracts is lower than per week away, and it doesn’t sound like a decision is coming between the Bengals and security Jessie Bates. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and passed along by Grant Gordon of NFL.com, the possibility of a constructive end result between the 2 sides “appears bleak at the moment.”
Garafolo can’t envision Bates attending Bengals coaching camp with no new deal. The security was additionally absent throughout OTAs as the 2 sides tried to hammer out a deal, however again in May we heard that negotiations had stalled. Bates was slapped with the franchise tag earlier this offseason, locking him in to a $12.9M wage for the 2022 marketing campaign. However, the security made it clear that he has no intention of enjoying the upcoming season beneath the franchise tag as he pursues a long-term, top-of-market deal.
As Joel Corry of CBS Sports writes, there’s an excellent probability that the Bengals are citing Marcus Williams‘ $14M AAV that he got from the Ravens via a five-year deal this offseason. However, Bates’ camp is probably going pursuing a deal nearer to Jamal Adams‘ contract with the Seahawks, which averages $17.5M per year and could be worth up to $18M per year. There’s additionally Minkah Fitzpatrick‘s deal with the Steelers that exceeded that $18M AAV mark but is only half guaranteed. Garafolo opines that the Bengals will be unwilling to pay that much for their safety, meaning there’s a minimum of a $4M or $5M annual distinction in opinions.
The 25-year-old was the topic of contract talks final offseason, however negotiations stalled. Bates had established himself as an integral a part of the Bengals’ protection to that time, incomes second-team All-Pro honors in 2020. The common season this previous 12 months was his worst statistically, although he notched a pair of interceptions throughout the workforce’s run to the Super Bowl.