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55 Vontaze Burfict OLB

Oakland Raiders

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Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Facing competition for job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Raiders signed Brandon Marshall on Thursday to join 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
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Burfict (concussion) said he is healthy and passed his physical with the 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 games 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 defensive coordinator Paul Guenther can help the 28-year-old regain his 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
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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.

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Vontaze Burfict: Could join Guenther in Oakland
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Burfict (concussion) is scheduled to visit with the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of 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
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The Bengals released Burfict (concussion) on Monday, Tom Pelissero of 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 linebacker to draw interest on the open market.

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2012Cincinnati Bengals1612773.0541000.0002
2013Cincinnati Bengals16171114.057311212.01206
2014Cincinnati Bengals52915.0140000.0002
2015Cincinnati Bengals107457.01712168.01605
2016Cincinnati Bengals1110173.028225427.04708
2017Cincinnati Bengals106948.0211.5000.0002
2018Cincinnati Bengals73316.0170000.0003
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2012Cincinnati Bengals1600002020
2013Cincinnati Bengals16001021321
2014Cincinnati Bengals500101010
2015Cincinnati Bengals1000000000
2016Cincinnati Bengals1100100000
2017Cincinnati Bengals1000100000
2018Cincinnati Bengals700000000
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