The Cincinnati Bengals are off to a surprisingly hot start and have cemented their place as contenders in the extremely competitive AFC North.
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This season is the result of strong improvements over the past three years, including significant free-agent signings and explosive draft options. While the season and future of the franchise look upbeat, the team has yet to demonstrate their commitment to correcting the mistakes that led to its demise in the 2010s.
During the Andy Dalton era in Cincinnati, Bengali were known as a thrift store. The team repeatedly missed out on big-name free agents and refused to spend the money needed to keep their stars.
In 2016, Bengalis ignored both Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones after the team’s infamous play-off loss to the Steelers. The following season, the Bengals family said goodbye to two other offensive platforms, Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zietler.
Fast-forward to 2021, and the Bengals have corrected their first mistake. Dedicated group 200 million dollars in the last two holidays bring in promising young talents. The addition of DJ Reader, Chidobe Awuzie, Trey Hendrickson, Riley Reiff and more has proven to benefit the team’s playoff hopes. Unfortunately, the front office is still not fully committed to retaining their stars.
The Bengali have to re-sign Jessie Bates to continue competing in the North
Jessie Bates III, an All-Pro Second Team safety player and arguably the best defensive player on Cincinnati’s roster, is yet to receive a contract. Wake Forest’s 24-year-old boy got together impressive four seasons since it was drafted in 2018.
Bates’ talent and leadership have been praised by the dressing room and coaching staff. Joe Burrow declared, “He’s what makes the defense go.” Bates may be considering a contract similar to that of Jamal Adams, who recently became the highest-paid safety player in the league. In 2020, Bates recorded Highest PFF ranks in 2020 among the safe and has led his team in interception.
The Bengalis should hurry up with Bates in the coming weeks or book a franchise card for their star. It was important for the front office to avoid the mistakes that contributed to their five-year playoff drought.
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