Falcons DB Jessie Bates III Reveals Role in Atlanta Defense
The Atlanta Falcons are making Jessie Bates III one of the league's richest safeties after signing him to a four-year, $64 million deal earlier this week. The Atlanta Falcons have signed Jessie Bates III, a four-year, $64 million deal that they believe is worth it due to his experience in the biggest games in the world. Bates has been with the Cincinnati Bengals for five seasons and reached the Super Bowl and AFC Championship for the past two years. He is versatile and has gained the trust of players and coaches every single day in the locker room.
Published : 4 days ago by Jeremy Brener in Sports
The Atlanta Falcons are making Jessie Bates III one of the league's richest safeties after signing him to a four-year, $64 million deal earlier this week.
The price was steep, but the Falcons believe the investment is worth it because of who Bates is on and off the field.
After five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and reaching the Super Bowl and AFC Championship for the past two years, Bates has a ton of experience in the biggest games in the world, something he hopes will establish him as a leader.
"I think that my role is going to be a leader," Bates said. "Someone that has experience, postseason, has experienced the bad, the good - I've had a little bit of at all. Just five years into it at 26 years old, I have a lot of wisdom and stuff to talk about to the guys in the locker room."
Bates is still young, and some may say hasn't even entered the prime of his career. But part of what makes Bates special is his ability to play multiple positions, something that may come up this season and beyond for the Falcons.
"I think that I'm very versatile," Bates said. "I've been in different situations - I haven't just played post safety my whole life; I've been in those different situations. So, being able to talk about my experiences, talk about what I've seen, so once you're able to mark down what you've seen, it's just the player I am. Being able to gain the trust of the players and the coaches every single day I step foot in the locker room, so very excited."
It's a new opportunity for Bates in Atlanta. In Cincinnati, he came in as a second-round pick looking to be part of the team. Now, he's being asked to lead the Falcons.
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