Usually when NFL teams are in major contract negotiations with a player in training camp, said player doesn’t speak with the media much, if at all.
The Cincinnati Bengals thought differently today, as they allowed Jessie Bates to be interviewed while the two sides work on a contract extension that could make him one of, if not the highest-paid safety in the NFL.
Apparently, contract talks haven’t been going smoothly, and Bates didn’t exactly sound thrilled about them today when he got behind the camera with Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham.
“I guess I haven’t done enough yet to be considered one of the top safeties in this league,” Bates stated when asked about the ongoing contract talks. “I think this will probably be my last time that I speak on the contract, just because I think it can get a little messy as far as, you know, thinking about it too much.”
We’ve still got a full month until the regular-season opener vs. the Minnesota Vikings, so there’s still time for both sides to make progress on getting a deal done.
However, these last few days don’t inspire much, if any confidence said deal gets done.