Despite reports of a new $20 million contract, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict isn’t feeling good this week.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says a stomach virus has kept Burfict from practicing for three straight days and may keep him off the field for Sunday’s preseason game. Lewis also said that as far as the team is concerned, the contract isn’t done until it’s signed — and it isn’t signed.
“I don’t know if they tried to give him the signing bonus in nickels or what, weighing him down,” Lewis said, via Cincinnati.com. “As you know how we believe it here until the club and the player have signed off it’s not signed off.”
Lewis did acknowledge that the Bengals and Burfict’s camp both expect the deal to get done.
“I would guess we expect him to sign,” said Lewis. “Obviously the agent believes he has a deal. We didn’t release it.”
There’s no indication that contract talks have hit a snag, but there’s also no done deal. If something goes wrong and the sides can’t come to terms, Burfict won’t be the only one feeling queasy.