Bengals franchise tag DB Jessie Bates

Associated Press

The Cincinnati Bengals used the franchise tag on free safety Jessie Bates in order to buy more time to sign him to a long-term extension.

The Bengals are reportedly working towards a long-term contract with Bates, who was selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft.

The 25-year-old out of Wake Forest was previously on a four-year $4,947,814 rookie contract with the Bengals.

In his first four years as a pro, Bates has 408 total tackles, 10 interceptions, and 35 passes defended while starting all 63 games played.

Cincinnati should retain him as he’s proved to be a very solid defensive threat in their secondary.


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