Bengals Safety Jessie Bates III Reportedly Makes Decision On Training Camp

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The Cincinnati Bengals and safety Jesse Bates III did not agree to a long-term contract before this month's franchise tag deadline.

As a result, the star defender will not report to training camp on Tuesday,

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler

Fowler called Bates' decision "expected."

Now the question is when and what will Bates report.

Earlier this summer it was reported that the 2020 Second Team All-Pro did not want to play this season on the franchise tag,

Which would pay them $12.9 million.

However, Betts was expecting closer to the top of the security market (about $18 million or more AAV).

And the Bengals were unwilling to pony up.

Both the parties did not even find a suitable settlement between the two salaries.

Will Bates really be out for the rest of the season? It sounds impossible, but at least,

We wouldn't expect him to attend training camp any time soon, if at all.

Bates, the second-round pick out of Wake Forest in 2018 made 408 tackles,

10 interceptions, 35 passes defended, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 63 career games.