Bengals release Vontaze Burfict, source says

Bengals release Vontaze Burfict, source says
FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2016, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, center, talks with outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) after a penalty during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cincinnati. The Bengals had two 15-yard penalties that helped the Steelers win a playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium in the 2015 season. They set a club record with 173 yards in penalties as Pittsburgh rallied to pull another one out last December. The theme for this week: Keep cool when the Steelers come to town again. (AP Photo/Frank Victores, File) (Source: Frank Victores)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Bengals parted ways with longtime linebacker Vontaze Burfict Monday afternoon, according to a Bengals source.

ESPN NFL Insiders Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini reported the news Monday afternoon.

Burfict is no stranger to Cincinnati headlines.

The seven-year veteran made news in 2018 with a $112,000 fine by the NFL for his transgressions in the Bengals 28-21 loss to the Steelers in October.

He was fined for unnecessary roughness on Antonio Brown and James Conner.

This was the largest fine of Burfict’s career for an act that did not get him suspended.

Throughout his career with the Bengals, Burfict lost more than $4.6 million in possible career earnings for his 12 infractions in the NFL.

Burfict also served a four-game suspension in 2018 for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

The suspension centered around the fact Burfict was prescribed meds for a concussion he suffered during a game against the Steelers on Dec. 4, 2017 as well as a shoulder injury he suffered during a Dec. 24, 2017 game against the Lions.

This marked Burfict’s third suspension.

The league suspended him the first three games of the 2016 season for his hit on Antonio Brown in the Bengals’ playoff loss to the Steelers. He got another three-game suspension to start the 2017 season after a pre-season hit during the game against the Chiefs.

Burfict began his career in Cincinnati in 2012 as a CFA signee and played in all 16 games.

His 2014 year was riddled with injuries. The Bengals say Burfict missed time due to multiple concussions, a cervical strain and knee injury.

Concussion problems continued throughout 2016 and 2017.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports the Bengals had been shopping Burfict but could not find a trade for the veteran.

The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero commented on Twitter that though Burfict is clearly talented and young, his absence on the field due to injuries and suspension more than likely contributed to the release.

Pelissero also added that the Bengals save $5,688,971 in cap space with the cut.

The Bengals have yet to comment on the release.

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