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CINCINNATI – Opposing ball carriers can thank the Cincinnati Bengals’ front office if they are hit a little harder this year.
Safety Jessie Bates III said he plans to express his frustrations over the lack of a contract extension with his game on the pitch.
“I think I will continue to show it with my game and be a little angry, for sure,” Bates said Monday.
The fourth-year safety had nine teams at par in Cincy’s victory-opening victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium. Bates’ biggest tackle came in overtime when he made the first hit on the Vikings, running back Dalvin Cook, which eventually led to a forced fumble and ultimately a Cincinnati victory.
Bates, a second-round pick in the 2018 draft, is currently in the final year of his rookie deal. The former Wake Forest standout said he was not sure contract negotiations are still ongoing.
On August 10, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Bates and the Bengals were not heading for an extension.
Bengal defensive end Sam Hubbard, a third-round pick in this year’s draft, signed a four-year $ 40 million extension. The day after the deal was announced, Hubbard wore a shirt representing Bates’ charity.
“I love supporting my teammates,” Hubbard said on July 28. “Jessie is a close friend and someone I would like to play with for a long time.”
On Monday, Bates’ first press conference since July 29, security referred to Hubbard’s deal when he said he wished his contract situation had already been terminated.
“I was hoping to be the next guy,” Bates said. “But like I said, that’s what it is. I have to play my part. I have to be the captain of this team and next year we’ll see what happens.”
Bates is eligible for the 2022 franchise brand, which will pay him a one-year salary that will be among the highest among all collateral. However, the expected bid of $ 13.5 million is $ 5.3 million lower than the Broncos ‘security Justin Simmons’ payroll for 2022, according to the Roster Management System.
When asked if he would be the highest paid security in the league, Bates declined to comment before smiling, swinging out of the chair and ending his press conference.