1. Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts would be one of the best options and situations Jessie Bates could move to. This is why it would be kind of shocking to see it happen. The Cincinnati Bengals know how good Bates is. The Bengals also know how much better and more competitive the AFC as a conference has grown talent-wise and gotten a lot better.
Unless Duke Tobin wants to give one of the more competitive teams in the AFC a top-caliber player to add to their defense; he will more than likely be more open to shopping Bates to the NFC if he shops him at all instead of sending him to a team where he could potentially see down the road. Not to mention Bates plays against the Bengals’ offense daily in practice.
It just seems like the more sensible option, but the Colts have the money to afford Bates, and he is a player that would be a realistic option that Indianapolis would want to target on the trade market, which is why this could be a plausible destination.
However, after making the Pro Bowl this past year, Cornerback Kenney Moore ll has recently voiced some frustrations toward the Colts about a long-term deal getting done for him.
"Kenny Moore II, one of the NFL’s top nickel cornerbacks, was present but did not participate in Wednesday’s organized team activities (OTAs) portion of the offseason. The issue: Moore feels he’s underpaid compared to other players at his position. IndyStar’s Joel Erickson first reported the situation."
If Moore does get a long-term deal, that would more than likely rule out any chance of trade happening for Bates. Colts could use some work at the safety position, so it makes sense, but over the next few weeks to months, things will untangle for both Moore and Bates and their current contract situations.
Could you see the Bengals sending Jessie Bates to any of these teams?