Quick Bit: As training camp nears, these NFL players are holding out. Here’s the latest on who is holding out, and if/when they might return.

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It has become a seemingly annual tradition at this point as training camp begins to open up. Players hold out from their teams as they wait for better deals with their teams.

This year’s class might not have an Aaron Rodgers-type player holding out, but there are still several Pro Bowl talents that are not expected to report to training camp as they open.

Several of these players have already missed OTAs and minicamps as they’ve awaited new deals.

Who are the players holding out as training camps open? The Sporting News takes a look.

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Jessie Bates, S, Bengals

July 25: Bates was extended the franchise tag by the Bengals at the start of the offseason, but to this point, he has yet to sign it. Since he is technically not under contract, he is in the position of being able to avoid potential fines.

Coach Zac Taylor told the media that it was up to Bates “when he decides to show up.” Cincinnati drafted Michigan safety Daxton Hill in the first round, a clear backup plan in case the team trades Bates or he walks in free agency after the 2022 season.

Orlando Brown Jr., OT, Chiefs

July 25: Like Bates, Brown was offered the franchise tag, and like Bates, he has opted not to sign it as he holds out for a longer term deal.

It had previously been reported by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo that Brown had been offered a deal that would have effectively paid him $18.2 million per season over five years. That would have made Brown the eighth-highest paid offensive tackle, but Brown reportedly wants to top the class.

Garafolo reported on Monday that Brown is not expected to report to training camp, and said even Week 1 of the season could potentially be in doubt.

Roquan Smith, LB, Bears

July 25: Smith does not plan to appear at training camp when it opens on Tuesday, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who reported Smith had not received a contract “he would remotely consider.”

Smith had previously this offseason expressed optimism in signing a deal.

“It’s personal at the end of the day,” Smith said, per NBC Sports Chicago. “All that business is more so my business upstairs. I’m confident we’ll get everything taken care of.”

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