In April, a report surfaced that the Cincinnati Bengals and linebacker Vontaze Burfict were opening up discussions on a new deal.
The Bengals would like to prevent Burfict from hitting free agency and if the two sides do not work out a deal, he will become a restricted free agent after the 2014 season. Because Burfict went undrafted in 2012, he is eligible for an extension, unlike the members of class of 2012 that were drafted.
According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1, the Bengals and Burfict’s agents are making progress on a new deal.
Reps for Vontaze Burfict met w/ @Bengals in Cincy this week. Sides are making progress on new deal, sources say. Will link when posted.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 16, 2014
Burfict fought off character concerns to become the NFL player that many thought he could be when he first started with the Arizona State Sun Devils. Last season, Burfict made 170 tackles, had three sacks, picked off one pass, forced a fumble, recovered two and scored a touchdown.
Burfict is scheduled to make $570,000 in 2014.