A key Cincinnati Bengals player is likely feeling some pressure after the latest NFL news that broke on Monday morning.
Multiple reports indicated on Monday morning that Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr is ending his holdout and reporting to training camp. Brown, who wants a massive long-term deal from Kansas City, will sign his franchise tag as he reports to camp.
The decision from Brown to sign his franchise tag means that Bengals safety Jessie Bates is the only player in the NFL that hasn’t signed his franchise tag yet.
Jessie Bates is now the lone unsigned franchise tag player remaining. https://t.co/b2z8da6kE9— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 1, 2022
Brown’s decision will undoubtedly put some pressure on Bates to report to camp and sign his franchise tag.
At this point, Bates doesn’t have anything to gain by sitting out. He can’t work out an extension until after the season (due to the franchise tag). So his only choices are to demand a trade (he still wouldn’t be able to work out a long-term deal until after the season) or sit out the 2022 season and miss out on $12.9 million. Those are his only two options.
With training camp entering an important phase this week, it would be nice for Bates to be with the team. I know his teammates have been supportive of his choices, but this is still a time when he needs to be with the team.
I don’t blame Bates for his approach. Business is business. And he’s just trying to maximize his earnings. I get it. But the deadline for an extension has passed. Now it’s time to go to work as the Bengals prepare for another Super Bowl run. Bates has no reason to not be on the field for Cincinnati right now.
We’ll see if the pressure from Brown’s decision impacts Bates. I wouldn’t be surprised if the talented safety also ends his holdout this week.
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