FILE – Cincinnati Bengals free safety Jessie Bates III walks onto the field before the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 56 football game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. Bates, who has been in a contract dispute with the team, reported to camp on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, and signed a one-year contract with the franchise tag. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)


Safety Jessie Bates III reported to Cincinnati Bengals training camp on Tuesday and signed a one-year contract with the franchise tag.

The four-year veteran was frustrated with efforts to secure a long-term contract deal with the Bengals. The organization gave him the franchise tag in March, meaning he was tied to the Bengals for the 2022 season before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Bates skipped organized team practices and most of training camp, showing up a day before Cincinnati begins two days of practices against the Los Angeles Rams and with the final preseason game on Saturday.

A second-round pick in 2018, he started all 63 games he played in four seasons in Cincinnati and became a respected team leader.

Team owner Mike Brown admitted before the season that a hurdle in contract negotiations with Bates was the team’s restructuring of its finances to be able to re-sign quarterback Joe Burrow and receivers Ja ‘Marr Chase and Tee Higgins when their rookie contracts expire in the next few. years.

Also on Tuesday, the Bengals waived quarterback Drew Plitt. The undrafted Ball State rookie was signed when Burrow was sidelined after an appendectomy. Plitt played two preseason games.


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