S Jessie Bates III
Of the three potential trade targets, a deal for Jessie Bates III is the least likely to happen for a couple of reasons. The first is that it’s unlikely the Packers would be willing to trade for a safety, especially with their two starters set at the position.
Another reason is that it wouldn’t make much sense for the Cincinnati Bengals to trade away one of their key defensive players.
But let’s look at why it could make sense.
The Bengals placed the franchise tag on their talented safety this offseason. However, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, “Bates does not intend to play on the tag”.
The deadline for Bates to sign the franchise tag is in a little over a month, on July 15.
It’s also worth noting that the Bengals drafted safety Dax Hill in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. They added Cam Taylor-Britt in the second round, who has experience at both safety and cornerback. They then selected another safety, Tycen Anderson, in the fifth round.
The Packers lack depth at safety. Adrian Amos is also entering the final year of his contract.
Bates was an All-Pro in 2020. He could start immediately in the Packers’ secondary and would give them a long-term starter should Amos walk in free agency next spring.
Would the Packers be willing to give Bates the contract he wants? Would they give the Bengals what they would want in a trade? Would the Bengals even entertain trading their star safety?
There are certainly doubts, but it’s something the Packers should consider.