Report: Jessie Bates will not report to training camp

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Bengals safety Jessie Bates was not expected to report to the start of training camp after failing to reach agreement on a long-term deal with the team before the deadline for franchise tagged players. Indeed, Bates won’t be there Tuesday with the rest of his teammates, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports.

Since he has not signed the $12.91 million franchise tag, Bates is not subject to fines.

Bengals owner Mike Brown said Monday he expects Bates to play with the team this year. He added he hopes things work out in a way that Bates remains with the team in 2023 and beyond.

Bates, 25, joined the Bengals as a second-round choice in 2018. He has started all 63 games he has played, recording 10 interceptions, 35 passes defensed, a pair of forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries in the regular season.

He also had two interceptions and six passes defensed in the postseason for last year’s AFC champions.

Cincinnati covered its bases by drafting safety Daxton Hill and defensive back Cam Taylor-Britt in the first two rounds before adding safety Tycen Anderson at No. 166 overall this year. But the Bengals surely would feel Bates’ absence if he stays away into the regular season.

10 responses to “Report: Jessie Bates will not report to training camp

  1. He’s a fool..He wants top 5 money but he isn’t even a top 10 safety. He’s a nice player but his agent needs to go. He’s getting very bad advice.

  2. “Since he has not signed the $12.91 million franchise tag, Bates is not subject to fines.”

    Yes, because he is not under contract. He is not a member of the Bengals at this time. The best thing he can do now is just sit for the eight or nine weeks and then sign the tender and play out the remainder of the season. It is too bad that the NFL Players Association is as weak as it is. This is his only recourse.

  3. Jessie Bates is a fantastic player. He was a difference maker in the playoffs last year. Sadly it doesn’t look like he and the Bengals will work something out. So….trade him for what you can get and let someone else deal with his monetary dissatisfaction.

  4. He’s no Jevon Holland, who Miami will pay peanuts for the next two seasons to be the best safety in the league.

  5. Let him mope, he’s not getting anything more, and can’t afford to miss a big paycheck

  6. His “big guaranteed money” agent is in the process of destroying his career.

  7. Time to see what others can do in his place. The time to end the pandering to self important athletes is here. Let him start feeling life without a paycheck in this era of inflation.

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