Bengals Release Vontaze Burfict

It’s the end of an era in Cincinnati. On Monday, the Bengals released linebacker Vontaze Burfict

Burfict, one of the league’s most controversial players, has been a pillar of the Bengals’ defense throughout his seven year career.

Over the years, Burfict has helped to anchor the Bengals’ front seven with his hard-hitting style. Unfortunately, his aggression blurred the line when it comes to rules and safety regulations. In seven seasons, Burfict racked up whopping 14 total fines and/or suspensions from the league office, including three times in 2018. Last year, his sanctions resulted from PEDs and hits on Antonio Brown, James Conner, and Andy Janovich. All in all, Burfict lost $4.2MM and ten games for his violations.

By releasing Burfict before the final year of his contract, the Bengals will take on $1.8M in dead money. However, they’ll save $5.5M on this year’s cap. Meanwhile, Burfict should find a decent market for his services, though you can expect teams like the Steelers to pass on him given their history together.

Burfict, 29 in September, went undrafted in 2012 thanks to a bad showing at the combine and rumors of a failed drug test. Quickly, Burfict proved that belonged in the NFL. As a rookie, he compiled 127 stops in 16 games (14 starts) and followed up with a Pro Bowl nod and a league-leading 177 tackles in his second pro season.

When on the field, Burfict is a bonafide difference maker as a middle linebacker. But, because of his issues, Burfict may not garner offers with guarantees beyond 2019 like many of his MLB counterparts have this offseason.

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45 comments on “Bengals Release Vontaze Burfict

  1. grizzled sports vet

    Maybe the Chargers, Broncos or Chiefs will sign him so he can headhunt AB over the middle several more times per year.

  2. highplainsdriftr

    Headed to the Raiders for sure. Not because if reputation lol. Guenther loves him and Raiders need serious LB help

      • connfyoozed

        Yeah, but luckily AB keeps his thoughts to himself and would never publish his thoughts on Burfict in Twitter for the whole world to read… ;)

    • troll_smasher

      Shocker. I wondered how long it would take before the T-Word would get thrown out there.

        • The dude

          Yeah about 25 years late to the NFL. He would of been beloved if he played before CTE. And that’s not an opinion. You can look at some of the most respected tough guys in history. I’m not defending him don’t agree with his actions.

        • troll_smasher

          Cheap shot, Dirty, nasty, stupid are few. Thug should never be used to describe an athlete who is not committing a crime, or has a criminal record. But, hey, I don’t throw those words around so loosely

    • connfyoozed

      Very possible landing spot. Raiders strike me as another possibility. But I also think it’s very possible that no one signs him. Not only does he have the track record of fines and all around bad publicity, but he also has had a bad string of concussions and other injuries that may help scare teams away.

  3. Hannibal8us

    As the hater that I am it would make me so happy if he wound up on the Steelers.

    • connfyoozed

      As the Steelers fan I am I can confidently say two things: it won’t happen, and if it did I would be strongly tempted to change my allegiance to another team despite my having rooted for the Steelers for close to 40 years. I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a player as much, and try as I might to be open minded I can’t excuse his history.

      • Hannibal8us

        That’s why I said the hater in me, I have so many friends who are huge Steelers fans and I know the absolute intense hatred they have for him. I know it won’t happen because they’d have a riot on their hands.

        • connfyoozed

          It also won’t happen for practical reasons. They just signed Steven Nelson, Donte Moncrief and Mark Barron so they are likely at the moment too close to the cap to afford Burfict. And after the Ladarius Green debacle they are likely going to steer clear of any free agents with a history of concussions, which Burfict has. But yeah, hordes of torch-bearing fans would be outside of Steeler offices if they signed Burfict.

        • jkoms57

          Ben will be the 5th best QB of all time.. AB (was) on pace to be #1 WR all time..
          Bell is a heck of a running back..

          All 3 are arrogant alphas but Burfict is ignorant and nothing good can be said about him. n

  4. joeshmoe11

    Any team counting on him for anything is foolish. He’s talented and had a knack for making plays but he always shows up out of shape and frankly isn’t starter quality anymore. He can’t cover well and is too damn big for today’s offenses

  5. Marytown1

    I read the comments on here in the voice of Jim Carr the announcer for the Charlestown Chiefs. Oh this young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country’s refusal to accept him, well, I guess that’s more than most 21-year-olds can handle… Ogie Ogilthorpe

  6. Marytown1

    Here’s a name for you nostalgia fans: Clarence “Screaming Buffalo” Swamptown. I’ll never forget an exclusive interview in which Swamptown revealed that he calls his hockey stick the “Big Tomahawk,” and he usually refers to the opposing players as “the little scalps

  7. trident

    Who can forget when this bozo and Pacman Jones cost the Bengals a playoff win against the Steelers when they couldn’t control their emotions.

    • fieldsj2

      Jeremy Hill cost the Bengals that game. None of that happens if he runs the clock out.

    • troll_smasher

      Right…. a guy with no criminal record will all of sudden turn into a criminal. For as dirty of a player he is, at least he understands when a woman says NO. Shouldn’t you be stalking Bell’s & AB’s social media accounts, like the rest of the classless Steelers fans? Then again, You probably already are.

  8. TheTruth12

    I normally don’t say things like this but I genuinely hope he doesn’t get signed. The league is a safer place without him.

  9. samshizzy

    He is no longer a difference maker in a positive way. As a Bengal fan, seen him miss too many tackles the last couple seasons because he’s only head hunting, doesn’t even try to wrap up. Good riddance!

    • jkoms57

      If he gets another year, the team will regret it.

      I doubt anyone signs him tho.

  10. HalosHeavenJJ

    Burfict has no place in the NFL. He attempts to end careers and inflict life changing damage to players.

    What he does has been illegal in all eras: head hunting, twisting ankles of downed players, etc.

    The league as a whole would be better without him.

  11. a002808

    Finally!! I could not be a Bengals fan while they had players like Burfict and Pac-Man on the roster. Now I can with good conscience root for them again even though they will likely struggle for a few years. I can not condone his actions on the field.

  12. sufferfortribe

    This is just the type of player Dorsey might go for, especially considering the need for ILB help in Cleveland.

  13. Smasher_of_Trolls

    So Burfict still has some credibility among some of you fans. What does that say about you?

  14. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    Forget about right or wrong, JuJu’s hit on Burfict was fantastic.

    Instant karma.

    • fieldsj2

      Kind of like Shazier blind siding the Bengals punter Huber and breaking his jaw! Karma

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