Cincinnati – Safety of Cincinnati Bengals Jesse Bates III He will be under contract with the team for at least one additional season.
Bates earned the franchise mark before Tuesday’s deadline, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano on Monday. Bates was about to become a free agent once the rookie deal expired at the end of the league year.
The deal secures Bates’ short-term future with his club of choice in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. According to Spotrac data, the brand is expected to be worth $13 million. Last week at the NFL Scouting in Indianapolis, Duke Tobin, CEO of the Bengals, reiterated that the franchise’s intent was to keep him in Cincinnati.
“He’s a guy who’s grown up and has played really well and has a real role on our team in so many different areas, particularly in leadership skills and the game industry,” Tobin said. “He’s a guy we want to move on.”
The franchise tag allows Bates and Bengals to negotiate a long-term deal through July 15 at 4 p.m. ET. If a multi-year contract is not reached by then, Bates will not be eligible to extend the contract until after the season is over, according to the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA.
Bates played a pivotal role in bringing the Bengals to their first Super Bowl in 33 years. In four postseason games, he had six passing deflections, 20 tackles and interceptions, including one in a 23-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl LVI.
Security, who turned 25 in February, sought to extend his contract with the Bengals after the 2020 campaign; However, those pre-season discussions did not lead to a new contract.
He started 15 games last season, making 88 tackles with interceptions, four defensive passes and a faltering recovery.
Since joining the Bengals in 2018, the former second-round pick has been one of the team’s most reliable players. He’s appeared in 63 out of 65 potential games in four NFL seasons, all of them starting.
A neck injury suffered a Week 3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers from the Bates’ streak of 51 consecutive starts, the fifth longest streak in franchise history.
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