WATCH: Jessie Bates won’t play under franchise tag for Cincinnati Bengals, 3 trades that make sense
Feb. 22, 2024 – 13:22 – Slated to become a free agent this past offseason, the Cincinnati Bengals made sure to place the franchise tag on safety Jessie Bates III. This meant that the Bengals and only the Bengals would have the chance to negotiate a long-term contract with the 25-year-old defender without giving up two first-round draft picks as trade compensation
Yet, here we are four months later, and Bates has yet to sign the franchise tender for $12.9 million. Here are three of the best fits for a Jessie Bates trade in 2022.