Bengals News: AFC North odds and Jessie Bates trade rumors

Leigh Oleszczak
Cincinnati Bengals free safety Jessie Bates (30) sets up between plays in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week One game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. The Bengals won 27-24 on a last minute field goal in overtime.Minnesota Vikings At Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals free safety Jessie Bates (30) sets up between plays in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week One game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. The Bengals won 27-24 on a last minute field goal in overtime.Minnesota Vikings At Cincinnati Bengals /
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Bengals news surrounds the team’s chances of repeating in the AFC North and also around Jessie Bates potentially being traded before the regular season gets underway.

The Cincinnati Bengals shocked the world last year by not only making the playoffs but winning the AFC North and representing the AFC in the Super Bowl. They came up short but no one in Cincinnati was disappointed with how the season went.

Despite last year’s success, not everything is smiles and sunshine. Jessie Bates was slapped with the franchise tag after the two sides failed to come to an agreement on a new contract. The Bengals have until July 15 to ink him to a new deal or else he’ll play on the franchise tag, something Bates has claimed he refuses to do.

Another option is for the team to trade Bates and this is the way to go if the team doesn’t think they’ll be able to work out a deal. They need to at least get something for him if a new deal isn’t possible.

Here’s what’s trending in Bengals news.

The article linking the Eagles to a potential Bates trade is definitely an interesting read if you haven’t checked that article out already.

Zangaro writes:

"The Bengals are going to want a first-round pick. They’d be crazy not to start there, especially when they’re talking to the Eagles, who have two first-rounders in 2023. In 2020, the Jets traded Jamal Adams to the Seahawks and got a first-round pick and in 2019 the Dolphins traded Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers and got a first-round pick. So even though Bates isn’t as good as those two, the Bengals are going to ask for a first-rounder."

Sure, Cincinnati might ask for a first-round pick because why wouldn’t they? Now whether or not a team is willing to part ways with a first-round pick for a safety is another thing. How bad do the Eagles want Bates on their team?

Truthfully, a more realistic asking price for Bates is, at best, a second-rounder. Don’t get me wrong — Bates is a great player but he put together his worst regular season a year ago and didn’t turn it on until the playoffs. The Eagles, or anyone who pulls the trigger on a Bates trade, would be fools to part ways with a first-round pick to land him.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Bates as we continue to inch closer to the July 15 deadline.

As for the team repeating in the AFC North, they’re currently not favored to do so on WynnBET sitting with +210 odds while the Browns are the favorites with +160 odds. The Deshaun Watson trade is to thank for that but will Watson play much this season? Once we know more there, that’ll answer a lot of questions in the division.

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Will the Bengals win the AFC North again? Will Jessie Bates be traded before the season begins? What do you think, fans?

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