Bengals safety Jessie Bates hints he wants to change jersey number

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One of the NFL’s best safeties might just undergo a jersey number change soon.

In the wake of the league confirming players at certain positions will be allowed to wear single-digit numbers, Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates took to Twitter and said he’d like to wear the No. 3. He wore that number during his standout college days at Wake Forest.

One problem — Bates will need to have a chat with kicker Austin Seibert, who is currently assigned the number.

As of now, one, two, four, five, six and seven are the only single-digit numbers available for a Bengals player to grab.

Either way, Bates probably won’t be the only guy looking to change his number now that the rules have changed. For what it’s worth, Tee Higgins has said he’ll keep No. 85 despite speculation.

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