Could the Cincinnati Bengals’ Jessie Bates be the next security to sign a major long-term contract after Jamal Adams raked in $ 17.5 million a year? Place your bets on “No” based on the most recent reports.
In a recent interview, the Bengals Star Safety was rather pessimistic about his chances of a massive extension, saying:
“I think I haven’t done enough on my contract to be one of the top safes in the league, which is fine. That’s fine with me. I’ll work like everyone else.” Day. I think this will be the last time I’ll talk about the contract just because I think it can get a little messy if you think about it too much. I let my agents work out the numbers and stuff like that “I’ll be the best teammate, the best leader I can be for the Bengals in 2021. We’ll see what happens.”
Why is Jessie Bates worth a massive contract renewal?
In three seasons with the Bengals, Jessie Bates has not missed a single game, recording nine interceptions (three per season), 31 defended passes and 320 tackles (at least 100 per season).
PFWA named Jessie Bates an All-Rookie in 2018 and he was a 2nd Team All-Pro in 2020. PFF has him as the eighth best safety in the NFL in 2021. He had the highest overall grade for a safety in 2020 with a 90.1.
Bates has been extremely consistent since his draft in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft, and the Bengals should rely on him to form the centerpiece around which they built their defenses.
Will the Bengals sign the Bates for an extension before the 2021 season?
Jessie Bates is set to make $ 1.23 million in 2021, the final season of his rookie deal. As a leading and trusted playmaker, Bates could bring in around $ 15.5 million per year on a five-year extension of $ 77 million.
However, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that Jessie Bates and the Bengals are unlikely to agree to an extension before the season begins. The two sides are unlikely to agree on terms in the near future.
The Bengals could mark it as a franchise at the end of next season, where Bates would make nearly $ 15 million in 2022. Under no circumstances should the Bengals let their star playmaker go for free in defense. The two sides are likely to agree on an extension during the 2022 season or the 2023 offseason.