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Report: Vontaze Burfict extension talks progressing

Vontaze Burfict, Terence Newman AP

The Bengals and linebacker Vontaze Burfict started talking about a contract extension a little while ago and it looks like the two sides may be able to strike a deal in the near future.

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that the team and Burfict’s representatives met this week and that they have made progress toward keeping Burfict in Cincinnati well beyond the coming season. No agreement has been struck at this point, but, per Garafolo, the gap that once existed between the two sides has “shrunk significantly” over the course of their conversations.

Because Burfict entered the league as an undrafted free agent before the 2012 season, he would become a restricted free agent if no deal is struck and the Bengals extend a tender. Doing so would give them the right to match any offer to Burfict and they’d likely tender him at a high enough level that any interested team would also have to fork over a draft pick to sign him away.

Burfict’s production over his first two seasons might make that a possibility, but it seems the Bengals are doing what they can to avoid the risk entirely.

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21 Responses to “Report: Vontaze Burfict extension talks progressing”
  1. vincentvega513 says: May 16, 2014 7:58 AM

    Led the NFL in tackles on a top 10 defense.

    Pay the man

  2. ctiggs says: May 16, 2014 8:01 AM

    This guy deserves it, he has not been in trouble. His drop in the draft was media aided. He still has not complianed.

  3. 9erandraiderfan says: May 16, 2014 8:03 AM

    Congrats to the man. I remember when he was drafted and his 40 time wasn’t fast enough to play the LB at the NFL level. Goes to show that combine hype in regards to pure measurable is overstated.

  4. ed3557 says: May 16, 2014 8:09 AM

    With all the good press the Bengals have received for their much-improved drafts over the last several years, not enough attention has been given to their signing of UFA’s (Burfict; Vincent Rey) or guys off the street (Wallace Gilberry) who have been big contributors; finally, someone seems to be doing something right there…

  5. dacatindahat says: May 16, 2014 8:10 AM

    pay the man, he has earned it, he’s a BEAST…!!!…

  6. ryanclark25 says: May 16, 2014 8:18 AM

    I will still neither understand nor forgive why the steelers didn’t take a 7th round flier on him (every other team probably says the same) yeah he was a lunatic in college, how many great players turned themselves around after they woke up in the pros, myself and others for various teams got so many red thumbs suggesting our teams should chance drafting him late. 7th round picks are meant for those types of gambles. He had 2nd round talent (at worst). And besides it’s not like the league is full of choir boys. If I felt more motivated I’d go find the links to the articles on this about him some of the comments were comically ridiculous. Broke in 3 years, if a prospect wasn’t perfect, at least he wasn’t burfict….well now he’s getting paid, if he wasn’t a Bengal I’d be rooting for him non stop. Seems to have matured no end. Best of luck to him.

  7. thegenoatkinsdiet says: May 16, 2014 8:35 AM

    Get. It. Done.

  8. cincyalldaway says: May 16, 2014 9:06 AM

    For God sakes…..Pay this man big! He’s worth every penny!! Go Tez!

  9. bengalguy says: May 16, 2014 10:44 AM

    Make this man the highest payed LB in the league. Great Player, Team Player, BEAST!
    Pay Him Mike

  10. sellout1983 says: May 16, 2014 11:03 AM

    BEAST

  11. natijim235 says: May 16, 2014 11:10 AM

    nice tez – thanks for being a stand up high motor beast – when the big pay day arrives remember those who got you where you are and don’t let the $ change who you are…

  12. mutantman87 says: May 16, 2014 11:27 AM

    Burfict is living proof that playing in the NFL isn’t about combine numbers. Dude ran a 5.0 40 at the combine, but stepped up and led his team in tackles since he was signed as a free agent after the draft. He’s obviously worked his butt off and played even harder, so go earn that check! It’s amazing the Bengals were getting that kind of production for only $400K per year.

  13. whodey1982 says: May 16, 2014 11:39 AM

    LOVE this guy as a player. High motor, plays hurt, ball hawk, everything you want in a linebacker. I would love to see him reel in his emotions a little on the field…from the multiple personal foul penalties to punching opposing players in the nuts. In a complete role reversal…he’s the perfect person off the field, but a menace on it.

    Still, I can live with a nut tap here and there…dude’s a freak!

  14. crownofthehelmet says: May 16, 2014 11:43 AM

    Guy’s good – the 3rd best LB in the afcn behind Timmons and Shazier. Not too shabby.

  15. lynknhawk says: May 16, 2014 2:38 PM

    He’s a hard nosed, hard working, high motor tackle machine with great instincts. He hasn’t had any of the forecasted attitude problems and has stayed out of the news and blogs. Give that man his money.

  16. cincinasty87 says: May 16, 2014 3:01 PM

    PAY THAT MAN

  17. pooflingingmonkey says: May 16, 2014 6:40 PM

    I look forward to seeing Johnny Football learn the difference between playing in the Big 12 and the NFL. Burfict will mutilate Manzeil the first time he scrambles.

  18. bengalsucker says: May 17, 2014 1:37 PM

    Burfict is the best LB in the NFL. Pay this man what he wants Mike Brown! He’s worth every penny. They’re probably talking more to Dalton’s reps than Burfict’s reps. Which is scary.

  19. bengalcrazy says: May 19, 2014 9:13 PM

    Give the man the money! I see a couple bad days in store for Johnny football this season!!!

  20. cwitty63 says: May 19, 2014 9:57 PM

    I agree bengalcrazy if tez or geno get a hold of the little fella its straight to the IR…

  21. tinytoolalldrool says: May 20, 2014 7:25 AM

    I am surprised he has kept out of trouble after reading about his college days. He deserves a nice payday now.

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