The Cincinnati Bengals are working to sign a safety
The Cincinnati Bengals‘ defense got them pretty far into the playoffs again last season. They’re trying to keep the unit together for next season by signing a vital part of the defense to a long-term deal. A new report puts the Bengals’ starting safety’s future with the team in jeopardy, as the team has no plans to use one remedy to keep him.
According to Tyler Dragon with USA Today, the Bengals are planning to work with Jessie Bates to see if they can reach a long-term deal by the start of free agency on March 15th. The Bengals do not intend to use the franchise tag on Bates.
The Bengals are not expected to franchise tag safety Jessie Bates, per a source. The two sides have until March 15 to see if they can reach a long-term deal.
— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) March 6, 2023
The Bengals would have plenty of cash on hand to use the tag or sign a long-term deal for the All-Pro safety. According to Over The Cap, the Bengals have over $34 million in cap space. They’ll have one week to come to an agreement.
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