Vontaze Burfict's 2019 season with the Raiders ended the way most of his NFL seasons did: Watching the games from home. After a helmet-to-helmet hit on Jack Doyle in Week 4, the Raiders linebacker was suspended for the rest of the year. But now that he's been reinstated by the league, there's a new update on his NFL future.
According to NFL reporter Tom Pelissero, Burfict's agent is asserting that the Raiders linebacker has spent the last few months "studying and learning the proper code of conduct for participation in the NFL." Burfict's agent reportedly said that the former Pro Bowler is committed to conforming to NFL rules.
The Raiders star has gained a reputation over the years for being a dirty player. He has garnered fines for ankle twisting, and was famously suspended at the start of 2016 for a violent hit on Antonio Brown in the 2015 playoffs.
Burfict was suspended at the start of the 2017 season for a preseason hit on a Chiefs player. Then in 2018, he was partially suspended for a PED violation.
At 29 years of age, Burfict is still in his prime, but injuries and suspensions have taken their toll on his career. He's missed at least five games in each of his last six seasons.
But when available, Burfict is about as solid of a linebacker as there is in the NFL.
It seems that Burfict is still eager to play professional football. Whether another team is willing to trust him with a contract remains to be seen.