Cincinnati Bengals’ linebacker Vontaze Burfict has spent the offseason looking for a new contract. Burfict has developed into one of the better linebackers in the NFL and since he went undrafted in 2012, he is eligible for an extension now. Burfict, who led the league with 170 tackles last season, reportedly agreed to a four-year, $20 million deal Wednesday but the team hasn’t announced anything.
Richard Skinner of Cincinnati.com spoke to Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis and got the scoop.
Marvin Lewis did touch on the topic Friday after a practice that saw Burfict miss for the third straight day with the team citing a stomach virus that has been going around the team.
“As you know how we believe it here, until the club and the player have signed off, it’s not signed off,” Lewis said.
As for if Lewis expects him to sign, he offered this response:
“I would guess we expect him to sign,” Lewis said. “Obviously the agent believes he has a deal, so, we didn’t release it.”
The situation seems a little strange but as long as the deal gets signed soon, there will be nothing to worry about.
Buefict was a highly-touted when he first arrived in college with the Arizona State Sun Devils but had to fight off character issues to make it in the league. In his career, Burfict has 298 tackles, four sacks, four fumbles recovered, four forced fumbles, one interception and eight passes defended.
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