Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has missed six games due to a pair of suspensions in the last two seasons. He’s now set to miss another four in 2018 after violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing policy, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Burfict, when healthy and out of trouble, has been a stalwart in the middle of the Bengals’ defense. He was a Pro Bowler in 2013 and earned the No. 12 grade among linebackers on Pro Football Focus in 2017.
His play earned him a four-year, $42.43 million contract extension in September. But another punishment — if it’s upheld — could also free up the Bengals to move on, as his contract included many safeguards for the possibility he’d get in trouble again.
Green Bay added tight end Jimmy Graham then turned around and scooped up defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson. Not bad, though they were also in on Allen Robinson, according to Rapoport, via his colleague Marc Sessler.
Why stop now The market has some interesting high-upside options like second-round picks Cody Latimer and Jordan Matthews, so buying low and seeing what Aaron Rodgers can with it do isn’t a bad idea.
Like any team, the Houston Texans wanted Mathieu.
J.J. Watt made that clear. The front office heard him, too, because Mathieu agreed to a one-year deal, according to Schefter. And Zach Fulton and Seantrel Henderson reinforce the offensive trenches. They added cornerback Aaron Colvin, too.
“He’s a tough competitor. I knew that coming in, and give all my props to him. I got beat tonight,” Suriano said. “I thought I had him on some angles, I didn’t finish shots, a couple scrambles and then he got out on top.