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Bengals Reportedly Make Decision On Vontaze Burfict

A general photo of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet on the field.

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 10: A Cincinnati Bengals helmet is seen on the field before the Bengals take on the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

One of the most polarizing defenders in the NFL, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, has had a hard time staying on the field for a variety of reasons. But with Marvin Lewis gone and Zac Taylor now running the show, the team has made a big decision on Burfict's future.

According to reports, the Bengals have opted to release Burfict after a seven-year stint with the team. Per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the team attempted to find a trade partner but ultimately decided to let him go.

The move after Burfict failed to play in all sixteen games for a fifth year in a row. Last year he played in just seven games due to a combination of injuries and suspensions.

Burfict made the most of his seven starts though. He finished the season with 33 tackles, three passes defended and one tackle for loss.

The injuries are one thing, but Burfict's propensity for unnecessary roughness penalties has contributed to his reputation as a dirty player.

He has been given suspensions in each of the last three seasons.

Despite his struggles to stay on the field, Burfict has shown repeatedly that he is one of the best tacklers in the game.

In 2013, had a whopping 177 tackles, leading the league and earning a Pro Bowl selection in the process.

Burfict has had three seasons with at least 100 tackles, most recently in 2016.