The Dallas Cowboys are a “potential” trade destination for one of the top young defensive backs in the league.

According to a list compiled by Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports, the Cowboys are one of eight potential destinations for disgruntled safety Jessie Bates. Benjamin argues that the Cowboys could form one of the most lethal defensive backfields in the league with the Cincinnati Bengals safety.

“Dallas already has two of the NFL’s top defensive play-makers in Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs,” says Benjamin. “Imagine if they use some of the $22.5M in remaining 2022 cap space to make Bates part of the equation. Jayron Kearse was a force in his 2021 breakout, but he’s logged just one full season as a starter in the NFL. Malik Hooker is just fine, too, but he’s yet to play a full season and isn’t breaking the bank after re-signing. Jerry Jones loves a good splash, and this one would help reinforce their defense’s title aspirations both in the short and long term.”

Bates Desires Long-Term Deal After Stellar Postseason Run

The 25-year-old defensive back desires a long-term contract; however, the Bengals currently have him under the franchise tag. The deadline to sign tagged players to long-term deals passed last Friday.

According to CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson, Bates has no intention of playing under the franchise tag this season.

“I’m told #Bengals S Jessie Bates has no intentions of reporting to training camp, nor playing on the franchise tag, per league source,” says Anderson. “The two sides are currently unable to come to terms on an extension on today’s deadline for long-term deals for players designated with the tag.”

The former All-Pro selection is due to earn just a shade under $13 million this season, making him the third-highest paid safety in the league. According to Spotrac, Bates’ true market value calls for him to earn $16 million each season across five years (over $80 million total).

While Bates regressed during the regular season last year, he came up big during the Bengals’ postseason run. According to Pro Football Focus, Bates posted a 90.0 defensive grade during the playoffs, the third-highest mark of any defensive player. The four-year safety also posted an interception in Super Bowl LVI against the Los Angeles Rams’ Matthew Stafford.

That grade was in line with what he posted during his All-Pro …read more



Cowboys Considered ‘Potential’ Trade Spot for All-Pro Defender

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