The Atlanta Falcons and former Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal that includes $23 million in the first year, per multiple reports.
The deal makes Bates the fourth-highest paid safety in NFL history.
Bates has been a cornerstone of the Bengals defense since the team drafted him in in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. In Bates’ five-year career, he has two 100+ tackle seasons and one 99-tackle season. In 79 starts, he picked off 14 passes and recorded 43 passes defensed.
Bates was seen hanging out with Falcons players Kyle Pitts, AJ Terrell and Casey Hayward in late February. Now, he and Terrell will play in the same secondary.
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Cincinnati tagged Bates last year to prevent him from hitting the open market, a move it chose not to replicate this offseason.
Bates started all 16 of Cincinnati’s games — as the Week 17 contest against the Buffalo Bills was canceled — this season and recorded 71 tackles, eight passes defensed, four interceptions and a forced fumble.
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Publish Date:2023-03-14 05:07:45