Report: Bengals, Raiders talking about a trade for Vontaze Burfict

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Here’s one that will raise eyebrows, even if it’s from an unlikely media outlet.

Chris Renkel of CBS 42 in Birmingham, Alabama reports that the Raiders and Bengals are discussing a possible trade for linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

It’s crazy enough to be true, in large part because new Raiders coach on Jon Gruden has hired former Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who coached Burfict in Cincinnati. And Jon Gruden has raved about installing the kind of tough, attacking defense for which Burfict has served as a cornerstone.

Burfict, signed through 2020, has a $2 million roster bonus due on March 31. He also has a base salary of $3.81 million and per-game roster bonuses that total $2.25 million.

So who knows? Maybe a guy who has always had the edge and attitude of an old-school Oakland Raider will be a Raider during what could be the team’s last year in Oakland.

39 responses to “Report: Bengals, Raiders talking about a trade for Vontaze Burfict

  1. Bring Burfict on in. He’ll look great in Silver and Black. Cincy can have our entire sucky secondary package in exchange. Gruden will turn Burfict into a Raider in about two seconds. Time to “get your mind right.”

  2. As I was commenting on TJ Carrie leaving…this rumor came out.

    If it gets done for right price great! we need playmakers. anything more than a 5th round pick is TOO MUCH.

  3. Guy is a scumbag and shouldn’t even be allowed to play football

    Which means that classless Raider fan will buy his jersey buy the thousands

  4. “…installing the kind of tough, attacking, cheap-shot defense for which Burfict has served as a cornerstone.”
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    there. fixed it for you.

  5. I pray for him – but this dude is WALKING CTE.

    Go ahead and trade for him – he will get a concussion in game 1 if he even makes it out of camp without one.

    If concussions dont get him – the fines will.

  6. With Gruden, stupid and selfish football mistakes will not be tolerated by the “football gods” above.

    Either Burfict contributes and makes good, or his hiney is on the next bus to Cleveland. Pull the trigger Reggie.

  7. I hope the Bengals don’t do it but they are usually dumb enough to do things like this. They’ll probably get something absurdly weak like a 3rd round draft pick.

  8. “aldog83 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    As I was commenting on TJ Carrie leaving…this rumor came out.

    If it gets done for right price great! we need playmakers. anything more than a 5th round pick is TOO MUCH.”

    If the Bengals let him go for a 5th round pick or less, they are CRAZY!!!! When healthy, he is one of the most dominant defensive players in the league. How the Bengals’ defense performs when he is in the lineup, vs not is night and day. He is an absolute difference maker. Like him or not, he is a hell of a linebacker.

  9. Raiders don’t need that. Bengals culture is about trying to injure people. Who cares if we win.

  10. As a Bengal fan, I hope this isn’t true. Burfict is a great linebacker and without him they have absolutely nothing left in their linebacking corps.

  11. We didnt sign any secondary help and let Carrie walk. (carrie deserved to get paid tho)

    Im so bummed out, at this pace weve let all our respectable FAs go and havent made any additions besides griff friggn whalen.

    Bowman is honestly just as good if not better than Burfict i hope if this goes down we keep Bowman too but i doubt we will.

  12. It figures. On a day we should be trying to upgrade our o line we’re waisting time talking about burfict. And say what you want but he’s instrumental to our D

  13. Does Oakland play Pittsburgh next year? If not, JuJu might want to hope this trade goes through before Burfict gets the chance to do something stupid to him.

  14. theroc5156 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm
    As a Bengal fan, I hope this isn’t true. Burfict is a great linebacker and without him they have absolutely nothing left in their linebacking corps.
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    They drafted Jordan Evans and Carl Lawson last year and still have this years draft, free agency, Nick Vigil and whatever compensation they would receive for the trade. I like Burfict as well, but he also misses games as it is for concussions and suspensions. I’d prefer a good player that is available more. Love Burfict when he does play though! He is nasty!

  15. It really depends on what the Raiders would offer; a starting player and a high draft pick would do it, but some middle-round pick isn’t worth it, unless they’re just sick of dealing with him and his injuries. I think he completely changes their defense when he’s on the field, but he’s had a load of concussions and pulling back his play has reduced his play; it could be worth doing at the right price

  16. jocko1181 says:
    Does Oakland play Pittsburgh next year? If not, JuJu might want to hope this trade goes through before Burfict gets the chance to do something stupid to him.

    Raiders play Steelers once.

    For the “Burfict is a scumbag” crowd, do a little research and avoid furthering this lazy narrative. Guy plays with an edge on the field, but zero off-the-field problems. No LeVeon Bell arrests. No Ben Roethlisberger rape allegations.

  17. He also has a base salary of $3.81 million and per-game roster bonuses that total $2.25 million.
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    I thought that was too much to have tied to per-game roster bonuses, does he not have an agent?

  18. I don’t know how the Raiders resign Bowman if they do this deal. Although Bowman, Burfict, and Irving could make a formidable LB group.

  19. Tell me ONE thing Burfict has done OFF the field. Go ahead, I’ll wait…. and you wonder why he’s still in the league? It’s because he’s football player, not a criminal. You may not like him bending your QB’s ankle, but you’ll never see him in a pic sitting next to his couch of assault rifles

  20. Well, now all they need to do is sign Suh and you might see alot of starting QB’s taking those Sundays off.

  21. I still don’t think highly of the Gruden hiring. But I’ll give credit where due and bringing in Paul Guenther as DC was a very smart move by Gruden. And adding Burfict to the roster would also be a good thing.

  22. Please do so! He gets to reunite with DC Guenther. Plus the Raiders have been missing that nastiness on the field. trade a 5th or 6th round pick for him Reggie. 1 Nation

  23. Please do so! He gets to reunite with DC Guenther. Plus the Raiders have been missing that nastiness on the field. trade a 5th or 6th round pick for him Reggie. 1 Nation

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