Jessie Bates' lack of a contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals is about to bring some real consequences. The star safety was franchise tagged early in the offseason, much to his dismay.

Cincinnati and Bates, barring something unforeseen, will not be agreeing to an extension. There hasn't been much momentum towards the sides agreeing. Now, according to Josina Anderson of CBS Sports, Bates will not report to training camp. The 25-year-old is making it clear that he does not want to play this season under the franchise tag.

Joe Burrow made it clear that Bates is extremely important to Cincinnati's success because of what he brings on and off the field. His leadership will be huge for the Bengals as they look to repeat as AFC champions. Last season, Bates rec0rded 88 tackles, four passes defended and an interception. He was an All-Pro Second-Team member in the 2020 season.

Although Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase and the Bengals offense were the headliners for the AFC champs, their defense played a role that was just as big, if not bigger. Bates was one of the leaders of that unit. Cincinnati cannot afford to hold out an extension much longer, as the entire team is behind Bates in his efforts to get a long-term deal.

The Bengals should improve this season thanks in large part to their rebuilt offensive line. However, if the defense collapses in Bates' absence, it may be all for naught.