Report: Bengals, Vontaze Burfict talking extension

AP

For the second year in a row, the NFL suspended linebacker Vontaze Burfict to open the regular season for violating the league’s rules about on-field safety but that doesn’t appear to be threatening his future with the Bengals.

Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that the Bengals have been talking to Burfict about a contact extension that would keep him in Cincinnati beyond the 2017 season. Burfict is in the final year of the four-year, $20 million contract he signed with the team in 2014.

That interest might not exist if the Bengals thought Burfict was too much of a loose cannon on the field, but coach Marvin Lewis has been adamant that Burfict has changed the way he plays to conform to the rules and that the hit on Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman that led to the latest suspension was not one that should have been penalized.

While the suspensions and injuries have kept Burfict off the field at times, his tackling has made him a key part of their defense since joining the team in 2012 and will only be turning 27 this month. That’s why the Bengals wouldn’t want to see him walk away once this year is over even if he’ll be getting off to a delayed start.

9 responses to “Report: Bengals, Vontaze Burfict talking extension

  1. What’s riskier – the chance Burfict will hurt you by being suspended or getting an inopportune penalty, or the chance he’ll hurt you by playing for an opponent and taking out one of your players?

    I’d rather keep him in house. After all, the fans of the other 31 teams hate him, but would happily embrace him if he were on their team

  2. ajigel says:
    September 7, 2017 at 5:27 pm
    What’s riskier – the chance Burfict will hurt you by being suspended or getting an inopportune penalty, or the chance he’ll hurt you by playing for an opponent and taking out one of your players?

    I’d rather keep him in house. After all, the fans of the other 31 teams hate him, but would happily embrace him if he were on their team
    *******************************************************************************
    Naw, some teams have morals and smarts, unlike the Bungals.

  3. This last suspension is a crock. The NFL already suspended Burfict for his past illegal hits, and now they’ve decided to do it again and use any excuse to punish him for the past. It seems they watch every play he’s in hopefully, looking for some way to throw him out of the league. He has had some dirty hits and he’s paid for them according to the suspensions/fines the NFL gave him. Now they’re just flexing their power, which is way too much. Wait til they do it to someone who is not a Bengal.

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