No fan wants to see Jessie Bates leave Cincinnati; he is widely considered one of the best players on the Cincinnati Bengals‘ roster. Bates is set to play the 2021 season on the franchise tag, even though fans know he is looking for a long-term extension.
There is a solid chance the Bengals may choose to save their long-term investments for players such as Joe Burrow, Tee Higgins, and Ja’Marr Chase, leaving the organization with a tough decision moving forward.
The organization can likely persuade Bates to play this season on the tag, but is that worth it for both parties? The worst situation for the Bengals would be one that ends with Jessie Bates leaving while receiving nothing in return. Winning organizations don’t let their stars leave without getting compensation.
This offseason, fans of the NFL have seen stars such as Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams get traded to new teams and then sign massive extensions immediately after; don’t be surprised if Jessie Bates is added to that list.
Here are a few teams who might be looking to target Jessie Bates: