Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates has been absent from training camp for contract negotiations, but his quarterback has no bad blood about the star’s absence. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow isn’t worried about Bates missing practice time and will welcome him back whenever he does.
On Wednesday, Burrow spoke about Bates’ absence, saying (via SI.com), “Jessie’s business is his business. When he’s ready to come back, we’re going to be thrilled to have him. Obviously. a great player, great person, great. So when his job is done, we’ll welcome him back with open arms.”
Since Bates has yet to sign a franchise tag, he will not be penalized for missing training camp and the preseason because he is not under contract.
For the team’s first preseason game, Bates went to Paul Brown Stadium, but it was to watch the game against the Arizona Cardinals, not to compete with the team.
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Last season, Bates helped the Bengals advance to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Los Angeles Rams. In four postseason games, he recorded two interceptions and six passes defensed.
Bates joined the Bengals in 2018 when he was drafted by the team in the second round with the 54th overall pick. He has 10 tackles, one defensive tackle, 35 pass deflections, two forced fumbles and fumble recoveries and 408 tackles in his time in Cincinnati.