The Cincinnati Bengals could lose one of their defensive stars next offseason, which is good news for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cincinnati and safety Jessie Bates III are reportedly not expected to come to terms on a contract extension, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
The #Bengals and safety Jesse Bates III are not expected to reach a contract extension at this time, per source. Sides not progressing toward a deal. Bates, a 2022 free agent, is a major player coming off three interceptions, 15 pass breakups a year ago.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 10, 2021
Bates, who is coming off a career year in 2020, is set to hit free agency after this season.
A second round pick out of Wake Forest in 2018, Bates has never missed a start over his three-year career.
He has recorded 320 combined tackles, 31 passes defended and nine interceptions since arriving in Cincinnati.