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The Bengals will apply their franchise tag to safety Jessie Bates, III.
Bates was hoping for a new contract following his stellar defensive play and a new contract could still be in the works. For now, the safety will head into his fifth season under contract for $13.5 million.
According to Aaron Wilson of PFN 365, the Bengals are likely headed towards franchise tagging safety Jessie Bates.
Rumors dropped on Tuesday that the Bengals and Pro Bowl safety Jessie Bates seemed headed for the franchise tag ahead of free agency. Bates is among the notable defensive backs set to become a free agent this month. If Cincinnati decides to franchise their veteran safety, it'll cost them $13.5 million. Bates produced 88 tackles, 4 pass breakups, and an interception last season.
Bengals safety Jessie Bates led the team with nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday’s 26-18 loss to the Browns.
The rookie is now up to 107 tackles and three interceptions (one returned for TD) in 15 games this season. Cincinnati’s disappointing 2018 season comes to a close next week in Pittsburgh.
Bengals safety Jessie Bates recorded four tackles (two solo) in Sunday’s 30-16 win over the Raiders.
The rookie is now up to 98 tackles and three interceptions (one returned for TD) in 14 games this season. A rematch with the Browns is on the table Week 16.
Bengals safety Jessie Bates recorded just two tackles (both solo) in Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Broncos.
Despite the quiet afternoon, Bates has had a fantastic rookie season. He now has 87 tackles and three interceptions in 12 games this season. The Chargers are up next in Week 14.