Cincinnati Bengals defender Joe Burrow is the most important player on the team. Arguably the second most important player on the list is safety star Jessie Bates.
After winning the Super Bowl for the first time since 1989, the Bengals are looking to maintain momentum. They have one of the most exciting, young teams in the league. However, that momentum could be stopped now with the latest Bates and franchise news. failure to hit a new long-term contract extension before the franchise card deadline on Friday.
Bates can hold out, which won’t be the best news for Bengals fans who have been waiting to see a Super Bowl contender for a long time.
Bates is easily one of the top players in the Cincinnati defense and one of the better safe players in the entire NFL. The former Wake Forest star has started all 63 career games he’s played in, totaling 16 in three of his four seasons. Number 30 has provided a steady presence for the Bengals while scoring three interceptions in every season except for 2021, when he scored once.
He made over 400 tackles in his career with at least 100 arrivals in each of his first seasons. Bates has 35 assists in his career, which is also impressive. His best season came in 2020 as he scored 109 tackles, 3 interceptions, 15 successful saves in his career, 70.7 passes and a pass rate of 70.7. Complete opponent is only 54.3.
All-Pro Second Team 2020 is clearly a cornerstone part of the Bengals organization. Still only 25, Bates’ career has just begun. The franchise might want to lock him up now before another team has a chance. The Bengali couldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him. The Indiana-born player deserves a long-term contract at whatever price seems fair to both parties.