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Bengals announce Burfict extension

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It took awhile, but it’s finally official.

The Bengals have announced that linebacker Vontaze Burfict has signed a new deal.  It puts him under contract through 2017.

Burfict, the NFL’s leading tackler in 2013, was eligible for a new deal because he wasn’t drafted.  It’s a strange donut hole in the current labor deal, which forces incoming rookies to wait three years to renegotiate, if drafted.

“Vontaze is a special talent; he has shown us that from his first day here,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “He is a load physically and he’s extremely competitive, but what really makes him stand out is the instinct and feel he has for the game. It’s something born in him, you can’t coach a player to naturally react the way he does in all situations. This signing is a great move for the future of our defense.”

“It’s unusual to sign a player this early in his career to a contract extension, but Vontaze is a player who merits this,” executive vice president Katie Blackburn said. “He has proven to be an exceptional find for us, and we are happy to reward him now for his accomplishments. It’s good for him and good for our team.”

Burfict plunged through the draft due to a variety of concerns, from a failed drug test at the Scouting Combine to questions regarding whether he could control his temper on the field to a bad performance (both on the field and before the media) in Indianapolis to a bad Pro Day.  Mike Mayock described Burfict at one point as non-draftable.  Burfict remained optimistic, despite getting no pre-draft visits or workouts.

The Bengals didn’t draft Burfict, but they took a chance on him as an undrafted free agent.  It paid off for the Bengals, and it’s now paying off for Burfict.

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47 Responses to “Bengals announce Burfict extension”
  1. quizguy66 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:51 PM


  2. longsufferingkcfan says: Aug 27, 2014 3:51 PM

    It’s good to see him turn it around. Sometimes people need to bottom out before realizing that they need to change. I just wish my team used a 7th rounder on him.

  3. bonniebengal says: Aug 27, 2014 3:53 PM

    The heart of our defense. Glad this is taken care of.

  4. mibengal says: Aug 27, 2014 3:53 PM

    Yippy!. Love watching this guy play. Lights out!

  5. chrispin53 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:53 PM

    Congrats Taze, I personally think you deserved a little more and thought that’s what the hold up was, but glad to have him signed long term. He’s a top 5 linebacker. In no particular order its him, Willis, Keuchly, Lavonte David, and Bowman.

  6. qdog112 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:56 PM

    “Mike Mayock described Burfict at one point as non-draftable.”

    That’s what happens when analysts let personal biases get in their way. Hate clouds the judgment of otherwise reasonable people.

    The worse part about these guys being wrong, is that they never admit it.

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 27, 2014 3:56 PM

    Bengals owner mike brown’s illness/hospitalization held up the finalizing of Burfict’s contract.

    Anyone who pays attention knew it was just a matter of time.

  8. blacknole08 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:57 PM

    Sometimes people change for the better, and he is the Burfict example (Pun intended). Undrafted to one of the best young talents at his position. Good for him.

  9. kuranda84 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:58 PM

    Good for him proving the doubters wrong.

  10. seatownballers says: Aug 27, 2014 4:00 PM

    He earned it

  11. voiceofrealism says: Aug 27, 2014 4:00 PM

    Let’s see if he still plays “lights out” now that he got his payday.

  12. djshnooks says: Aug 27, 2014 4:01 PM

    David and Burfict over Alonso?

    Lol, that’s hilarious.

  13. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 27, 2014 4:02 PM

    that’s burfict for the bengals

  14. bonniebengal says: Aug 27, 2014 4:04 PM

    Undrafted free agent to pro bowl in two years. Now he’s being paid like the 1st round talent he really is. He’ll be only 27 when it’s time for a new contract.

  15. whocares69 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:07 PM

    Looks like we found our new ‘Odell Thurman’ .. This guy is beast

  16. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 27, 2014 4:07 PM

    The last time the Bengals won a playoff game, the World Wide Web was created, the pager became commercially available, and the Hubble Space Telescope was launched.

  17. whocares69 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:11 PM

    Looks like the Steeler’s throwback uniforms will blend right in with their Running back’s prison outfits.

  18. bonniebengal says: Aug 27, 2014 4:15 PM

    Hey Steelers are Marching and blah blah blah the rest of your name: Your team has to face Burfict for another four years. Just another player you Steelers fans said would never re-sign with us.

  19. mzitt18 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:25 PM

    Burfict will bring the Bengals a Super Bowl title by the time this contract is up. Write it down.

  20. paulbrownlives says: Aug 27, 2014 4:26 PM

    Might want to check your sources about a failed drug test at the combine. I’ve never seen that before and could lead to a lawsuit.

  21. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 27, 2014 4:27 PM

    Oh, and the only top-level talent on the Bengals, AJ Green, is the last they sign? Dalton is going to want to regress back to Gruden’s training wheels without his blanky.

  22. whocares69 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:28 PM

    Well at least when good old Troy retires from Safety , he’ll have an opportunity to become the Stooler’s one and only Cheerleader.

  23. youpeopleareallthesame says: Aug 27, 2014 4:30 PM

    For real this time? Don’t play with my heart here guys..

  24. t8ertot says: Aug 27, 2014 4:30 PM

    “David and Burfict over Alonso?”

    I’m sorry, who is Alonso. Anyway, congrats to the best lb in the game

  25. teamvic80nyg says: Aug 27, 2014 4:35 PM

    He deserved more $$$

  26. isphet71 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:46 PM

    Great story for Burfict so far. I think everything played out the way it needed to for him in the draft.

    If he had gotten drafted, even in the 7th, maybe the reality of his situation would not have sunk in as deeply and prompt him to change. He sure has turned it around.

    Great for him, and great for the Bengals, too. It’s huge to get a guy that good without even having to use a draft spot on him.

  27. b3nz0z says: Aug 27, 2014 4:51 PM

    Mike Mayock, ladies and gents.

  28. possumsauce says: Aug 27, 2014 4:56 PM

    Well, I’m sure that has to be a relief for opposing O-linemen; god only knows how many sack taps a disgruntled Burfict would’ve dispensed.

  29. @Cereal_22 says: Aug 27, 2014 5:02 PM

    The Ravens will continue to bulldoze this guy

  30. tralfaz1127 says: Aug 27, 2014 5:11 PM

    Great player who had issues, but get’s it and turned his career around, and is being deservedly rewarded by a great organization.
    Bengals keeping all their great players, and building a division powerhouse, gonna be like NE in the east, just chalk up the title now.

  31. shoesfinest says: Aug 27, 2014 5:25 PM

    Absolute Beast!

  32. icebergsimpson says: Aug 27, 2014 5:30 PM

    Good for him! Now it’s Lavonte David turn to get paid next year.

  33. flushdownmikebrown says: Aug 27, 2014 5:35 PM

    I love being the franchise moving in the right direction……the rest of AFC North is struggling

  34. samoanjungle says: Aug 27, 2014 5:46 PM


  35. whodey420 says: Aug 27, 2014 5:49 PM

    Just looked up Mayock’s NFL stats. Never played a down for the Steelers. Signed with the Toronto Argonauts in 1981. Was cut after 1 game lol.
    Signed with the Giants in 1982. Never started. Played 3 games in 1982, no tackles, no Kickoff return yards and no Punt return yards.
    Played 6 games in 1983. No tackles, no punt return yards and 1 Kickoff return for 9 yards!

    The guy had a better NFL Career than I did.
    I’ll admit that but that’s not saying much! 🙂

  36. rgb3i says: Aug 27, 2014 6:44 PM

    The opposite of the workout warrior who shoots up boards after the combine. With the workout warrior they go back to the tapes and find the glimpses of what they hope the guy can be in the pro game. This dude ran slow and came off like douche in the interview process so the went to the tape and found glimpses of what they werea fraid he could be at the pro level. He was a first or second rounder prior to the combine.

  37. ken14andersonforhof says: Aug 27, 2014 7:36 PM

    Congrats TAZ. hope you have a long and successful career like another Undrafted linebacker by the name of James Harrison (about the only good thing i can say about a steeler)…WHO DEY!!

  38. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 27, 2014 8:36 PM

    Amazing story…


  39. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 27, 2014 9:30 PM

    Not sure who’s more happy about this, Burfict or Heath Miller.

  40. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 27, 2014 9:40 PM

    It must be nice to live in Cereal’s world…

    Burfict (4 games against BAL): 24 tackles, 20 assists
    Suggs (13 games against CIN): 25 tackles, 14 assists

    Please, buddy, keep “bulldozing” him at this pace. You’ll guarantee his spot in the HOF.

  41. teedraper says: Aug 27, 2014 9:50 PM

    Haters I can’t hear you? You people are so fake it’s ridiculous

  42. ketch20too says: Aug 27, 2014 10:35 PM

    Never understood why this guy wasn’t worth a team taking a 7th round flier on him. HUGE talent and potential with amazing upside. If he came into camp and lived down to his expectations, you cut him and lose nothing. Oh well…good for him. Hope he doesn’t slip now that he was paid.

  43. ariani1985 says: Aug 27, 2014 11:30 PM

    Could always be worse Bengal fans, you could have pig ben as your QB!

  44. peddealer says: Aug 28, 2014 12:06 AM

    As an ex convict, I am very proud to cite him as an example of someone who was given more than a second chance and didn’t squander it.

    Although I do not look to athletes to be role models, some part of me thinks he might have learned some life lessons off the field that contributed to his success.

    If by some strange reason the young man reads this, there are a ton of people pulling for you!

    Justin in Texas

    Bengals have always been my 2nd-3rd AFC team.

    Cowboys are my favorite, and I always have pulled for the Jets, Raiders and Bengals in the AFC…

    Hard life since 95′!

  45. sjoyner59 says: Aug 28, 2014 5:49 AM

    I have been pulling for him as I watched his draft stock plummet,I knew from watching him play in college he had ability .The Bengals have been rewarded for giving this guy a chance,he can flat out play regardless of combine or any pre draft “issues”.I only wished he played for my team but they were never the type team to take a chance on a guy like this and right now that’s their loss

  46. rutchaser says: Aug 28, 2014 6:52 AM

    Marvin, I hope you’re not here to see Burfict play out this contract. Also I laugh when I listen to any comment for Katie Blackburn, Mike Brown’s daughter. Glad the deal was finally signed by Vontaze. Great player and fun to watch.

  47. guitarkevin says: Aug 29, 2014 8:30 AM

    The Bengals looked poised for a good year.

    The question is can they get out of their own way when it matters.

    Do us all a favor Bengals fans and stay humble until you actually win when it matters.

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