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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Not reporting to camp Tuesday

    Bates won't report to Bengals training camp Tuesday with the rest of the team's veteran players, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. One of the NFL's premier safeties, Bates hit the ground running as a second-round pick in 2018 and hasn't looked back, averaging 110 tackles and 2.7 interceptions per 17 games played in four pro seasons. The Bengals predictably applied the franchise tag to Bates back in March, and after the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on an extension before the July 15 deadline he's required to play out the upcoming campaign on the tag. With a holdout imminent, it remains to be seen how the situation will play out.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Plans on skipping training camp

    Bates has no intentions of reporting to training camp, nor playing on the franchise tag, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports. Bates had the franchise tag applied to him by the Bengals in March, but he's yet to sign his contract tender and already skipped the team's voluntary OTAs. The 2018 second-round pick posted his least productive season of his career in 2021, totaling 88 tackles and one interception over 15 games, but his potential holdout would nonetheless be a huge blow to Cincinnati's defense in 2022. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Bengals' final offer guaranteed Bates only $4 million more over five years than the franchise tag would have paid him.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Doubtful to see extension

    It's unlikely that Bates and the Bengals will come to terms on a contract extension before Friday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline for franchise-tagged players, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Bates had the franchise tag applied to him by the Bengals in March. The 25-year-old has yet to sign his contract tender and already skipped the team's voluntary OTAs due to his lack of an extension. Bates posted the least productive season of his career in 2021, totaling 88 tackles and one interception over 15 games, but his potential holdout would nonetheless be less than optimal for Cincinnati's defense as the coming season approaches.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Could skip OTAs

    Bates said he intends to take it day-by-day when asked if he'll join the Bengals for voluntary OTAs, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. The Bengals placed their franchise tag on Bates at the beginning of March. The two sides have until July 15 to work out a multi-year deal, but if they don't, Bates will operate under the terms of the franchise tag during the 2022 campaign. His comments suggest he may be willing to sit out if he's unhappy with the negotiation progress.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Franchise tag applied by Cincy

    The Bengals on Monday used their franchise tag on Bates, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Bates totaled 20 tackles (11 solo), six pass deflections and two interceptions across four postseason games during the team's Super Bowl run. With the move, Cincinnati will have until July 15 to work out a multi-year contract with the safety, but if they don't, Bates will operate under the terms of the franchise tag during the 2022 campaign.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Picks off first pass of season

    Bates totaled eight tackles (six solo) and one interception during Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Jets. Sunday's performance was Bates' fourth game with at least eight tackles this season. He now has 50 stops through seven contests this year and is on pace for his fourth straight 100-plus tackle campaign. The 24-year-old safety's fantasy value has a solid floor due to his tackling totals, but if he can continue to force turnovers, then his fantasy ceiling will grow exponentially.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: No limitations Wednesday

    Bates (neck) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. Bates missed last Thursday's win over the Jaguars, but he's back at practice with no limitations Wednesday. The 24-year-old should reclaim his starting role at free safety this weekend against Green Bay.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Rings up nine tackles

    Bates produced nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win against the Vikings. Bates has been unhappy about not having a contract extension despite posting 320 tackles, 31 pass breakups and nine interceptions through his first three NFL seasons. The 2018 second-round pick is a strong weekly IDP option, especially with his upside in coverage.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Posts 13 tackles

    Bates made 13 tackles (10 solo) and forced a fumble in Sunday's 19-7 loss to the Dolphins. Bates put up his fourth double-digit tackling performance of the season. He's up to 88 tackles through 12 games, putting him on track to reach a career high in the category. The 2018 second-round pick has already registered a career-high 13 pass breakups as well.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Racks up 10 stops

    Bates posted 10 tackles and two pass breakups in Sunday's 33-25 win over the Jaguars. Bates hit double-digit tackles for the second time in three weeks, and he's piled up five pass breakups through four games. The 23-year-old safety is averaging eight tackles per game and is on track for a third straight 100-tackle campaign. With an every-down role locked in, Bates should be deployed accordingly in IDP formats.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Another 100-tackle season

    Bates accumulated 100 tackles (71 solo), nine defended passes, three interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery across 16 regular-season contests in 2019. Bates has reached 100 total tackles in each of his two NFL seasons, solidifying his value as a solid IDP asset. The 22-year-old will reprise a starting role in Cincinnati's secondary when the 2020 season kicks off.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Registers four stops

    Bates made four solo tackles in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Patriots. Bates is closing in on his second straight 100-tackle season, as he sits at 95 stops through 14 games. The 23-year-old has also notched a career-high eight pass breakups this season, rounding out as a solid IDP asset.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Records third interception

    Bates recorded his third interception of the season to go along with two tackles (one solo) in Sunday's loss to the Browns. Bates was one of three Bengals to be on the field for all 56 defensive snaps. He now has three interceptions in the previous five weeks and will look to carry that momentum into Week 15 when the team welcomes the Patriots to town.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Reaches double-digit tackles

    Bates had 12 tackles (eight solo) during Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. Bates led the Bengals in tackles as he reached double digits for the second time this season. The 2018 second-round pick has been a solid IDP contributor at safety with 55 tackles (36 solo), one pass defensed and one fumble recovery in seven games.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Dealing with wrist issue

    Bates (wrist) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. Bates practicing in some capacity with this new injury is a positive sign that he'll be able to play Sunday versus the 49ers. The second-year pro has massive value for the team, as he recorded 111 tackles, seven pass breakups and three interceptions in his rookie year. If Bates isn't able to shake this issue, however, Brandon Wilson will take over as the team's starting free safety.
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  • Bengals' Jessie Bates: Rookie safety likely to start

    With the Bengals releasing safety George Iloka, Bates is likely to begin the year as the Bengals' starting free safety, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. Bates brings both excellent speed and above-average ball skills to the table. He's tentatively slated to start alongside Shawn Williams as the last line of defense in the Bengals secondary.
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