If Jessie Bates is to become one of, if not the NFL’s highest-paid safety, he has Jamal Adams to thank for speeding things up.
The $17.5 million annual value is a 14.7% raise over what the Denver Broncos gave safety Justin Simmons earlier this year, according to Over The Cap. Simmons signed a four-Year, $61 million extension.
For Bates and the Bengals, I would guess the floor for his next contract would be Simmons’ deal, and the ceiling would be right around what Adams got, if not slightly more. However, it’s worth noting that Adams, a former first-round pick in 2017, played four full seasons before finally getting his extension done in what was his fifth-year rookie contract option year.
As for Simmons, a former third-round pick in 2016, he played out his rookie contract, then was franchise tagged in 2020, then again this offseason before finally getting a new deal from the Broncos.
The Bengals are hoping to get Bates’ extension done before he begins just his fourth season. But if the last two safeties who got top-dollar contracts are any indicator, it won’t be so easy, making it less surprising to hear Bates and the Bengals are currently unlikely to reach an agreement.
Here’s to hoping both sides ultimately find a way to get a deal completed and put this to bed before Week 1 arrives.