Cincinnati Bengals Fans Are Upset After Safety Jessie Bates Plans To Sit Out Amid Contract Dispute

Bengals Fans Are Upset After Jessie Bates Turns Down Contract Offer

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The Cincinnati Bengals had a magnificent run in the 2021 season. Joe Burrow led the Bengals to a Super Bowl trip and a near-victory against the Los Angeles Rams.

Now the Bengals have retooled their roster a bit in hopes of making another run at the Lombardi Trophy. However, the 2022 season might begin without their best defensive player: Safety Jessie Bates.

The Bengals placed the franchise tag on Bates in the offseason and aimed to get a long-term deal done. However, according to Josina Anderson of CBS Sports, the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement, and now Bates will sit out training camp and perhaps the season in hopes of a lucrative contract.

This is tough news for Cincinnati, and the defense will take a giant hit if Bates doesn’t play. We have seen Kansas City Chiefs OL Orlando Brown Jr. and Dallas Cowboys tight end Dallas Schultz also fail to land long-term deals as franchise tag players on the same day.

But, there is an argument that Bates is more important to his team than the others.

The Bengals’ Offer To Jessie Bates Isn’t Going Over Well

Bates wants to get paid, plain and simple, and the Bengals reported offer is a bit disrespectful to one of the best safeties in the NFL.

When Ian Rapoport reported the contract details, Bengals fans weren’t happy about it either.

This didn’t go over well with Bengals fans.

The Bengals selected Daxton Hill during the 2022 NFL Draft hinted at this, but now it’s official. Will the two sides be able to get a deal done? Who knows.

For now, this is troubling for Cincinnati.