Vontaze Burfict

#51 LB / Oakland Raiders / EXP: 8YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 255 lb Age: 28 College: Arizona State Bye 6

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    Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Facing competition for job

    The Oakland Raiders signed Brandon Marshall on Thursday to join Vontaze Burfict, Tahir Whitehead and a slew of young players in their linebacker room, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.Marshall and Burfict both signed one-year, incentive-laden contracts, with the latter's containing a base value of $2 million and only $300,000 guaranteed. It helps that he'll be reunited with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, but there's no guarantee Burfict wins a starting job or even lands on the 53-man roster. The 28-year-old linebacker seems to be healthy for the start of Oakland's offseason program, but he's coming off a 2018 campaign in which he struggled during his seven appearances and missed the other nine games while battling concussion symptoms. The Raiders have some young players -- Marquel Lee, Nicholas Morrow, Jason Cabinda -- with the potential to challenge Burfict, Marshall and Whitehead for playing time.

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    Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Declares himself healthy

    Vontaze Burfict (concussion) said Wednesday that he's healthy and passed his physical with the Oakland Raiders, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.Burfict suffered a pair of concussions in December, bringing him to seven documented incidents through seven NFL seasons. Between the brain injuries, three suspensions and a few other injuries, the veteran linebacker has averaged just 8.6 appearances per season the past five years. He was still a difference maker whenever healthy until 2018, at which point he posted a career-low mark of 4.7 tackles per game while also struggling in coverage. The Raiders signed Burfict to a one-year contract worth up to $5 million just one day after he was cut by the Bengals, hoping a reunion with his defensive coordinator Paul Guenther can help the 28-year-old return to top form. Burfict is expected to play middle linebacker in Oakland's 4-3 scheme, allowing Tahir Whitehead to retain his spot on the weak side.

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    Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Signs with Raiders

    Vontaze Burfict (concussion) agreed to a deal with the Oakland 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.

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    Vontaze Burfict: Could join Guenther in Oakland

    Vontaze 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.

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    Vontaze Burfict: Cut by Cincinnati

    The Bengals released Vontaze 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.

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    Bengals' Vontaze Burfict: Candidate to be released

    The Cincinnati Bengals may move on from Vontaze 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.

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    Bengals' Vontaze Burfict: Won't play Week 17

    Vontaze Burfict (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.Burfict didn't practice this week, as he has yet to clear the concussion protocol and will finish the season missing three of the last four games. The 28-year-old has seven documented concussions -- including two in the last month -- and will likely reevaluate his long-term outlook with his 2018 season officially concluded.

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    Bengals' Vontaze Burfict: Concussion issues mounting

    Vontaze Burfict's career could be in jeopardy after he sustained his seventh documented concussion -- and his second in the last month -- in Sunday's loss to the Browns, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.The more worrying part of this equation is that Burfict could very well have suffered additional head trauma in his career that went undiagnosed, which could provide additional complications for his future in football and outside of it. At the very least, the 28-year-old looks fairly unlikely to play in the Cincinnati Bengals' season finale this weekend in Pittsburgh. The Bengals will presumably reassess Burfict's long-term outlook during the offseason.

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    Bengals' Vontaze Burfict: Sits out Wednesday practice

    Vontaze Burfict (concussion) was held out of Wednesday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.Burfict sustained the head injury during Sunday's loss to the Browns. With the NFL's revamped concussion protocol, it could take some time for Burfict to return to the field. It seems likely that the veteran will miss Sunday's regular-season finale, but nothing is set in stone at the moment.

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    Bengals' Vontaze Burfict: Exits game with concussion

    Vontaze 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 Cincinnati 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.