Burfict (concussion) agreed to a deal with the Raiders on Tuesday, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports. It only took Burfict one day to find a new landing spot after he was cut by the Bengals on Monday. He spent his first seven seasons in Cincinnati, accumulating 604 tackles (396 solo), five interceptions, 28 passes defensed, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries in 75 games. Burfict has become notorious for suspensions and fines, so it isn't surprising that he aligned himself with his former coach and current Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Assuming he can bounce back from last year's repeated struggles with concussions, Burfict will have a decent chance to earn a starting job given the lack of defensive talent in Oakland. Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports that the Raiders plan to use Burfict as a middle linebacker, thus allowing Tahir Whitehead to stay on the weak side.
Burfict (concussion) is scheduled to visit with the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. Released by Cincinnati on Monday, the 28-year-old linebacker quickly lined up a potential reunion with Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who held the same position in Cincinnati from 2014 to 2017. Given his poor play in 2018 along with his lengthy history of concussions and suspensions, Burfict isn't likely to find much in the way of guaranteed money. He would at least have a decent shot to win a starting job in Oakland, where the competition consists of Tahir Whitehead, Nicholas Morrow, Marquel Lee and Jason Cabinda -- an underwhelming group to say the least.
The Bengals released Burfict (concussion) on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. Known for his suspensions and fines above all else, Burfict was actually one of the better linebackers in the NFL early in his career, but he's played 11 games or fewer every season since 2013 and hasn't been a difference maker when healthy since 2016. A long history of concussions and illegal hits could make it difficult for the 28-year-old to draw interest on the open market.
The Bengals may move on from Burfict (concussion) during the offseason, ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell reports. Burfict played just 43 games the past five seasons, limited by a mixture of suspensions (three), concussions (seven documented) and other injuries. He's only 28 years old, but his peak form hasn't been seen since 2016 and the new coaching staff doesn't have any investment. Burfict has two seasons remaining on a three-year, $33.2 million extension, with a dead cap charge of only $1.8 million if the Bengals decide to release him, per overthecap.com. He'd presumably need to accept a pay cut to have any chance at staying in Cincinnati.
Burfict suffered a concussion during Sunday's game against the Browns and is ruled out to return, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. Burfict, who missed the Bengals' last two games in the league-mandated concussion protocol, suffered some friendly fire on a hit from Sam Hubbard and was forced to exit versus the Browns. The veteran linebacker will remain sidelined for the duration of Sunday's contest with the seventh concussion of his career.
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