Linebacker Vontaze Burfict had signed with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday night to enhanced the team’s chances in the coming season. Just after a day the Cincinnati Bengals released him, the seven-year veteran instantly joined the Raiders.
According to NFL Network report, Burfict agreed to a one-year deal.
Despite the fact that Burfict had a bad history of fines and suspensions, the Raiders are willing to take chances. Burfict was suspended three times for 10 games with the Bengals.
Interestingly, Burfict will be joining his former nemesis Antonio Brown in the same uniform. In 2016, the linebacker was suspended for three games and more than $500,000 of fines by a helmet-to-helmet hit against Brown. Also, Burfict hit Brown’s head last season as he leaned an elbow into Brown’s helmet.
Surely, the past will be the past when it comes to both players as they have the same goal as a team. Brown would be wise enough to forgive him.
With the signing of Burfict, the Raiders understand that they need more veterans on their side to have a fruitful season. Oakland’s move just came after signing Lamarcus Joyner to make the secondary stronger.
Burfict is a player that coach Jon Gruden can experiment. The linebacker entered into the Pro Bowl in 2013 after a 177 combined tackle in that season. In his seven year stint in the NFL, he reached the 100-tackle three times.