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Vontaze Burfict Has Signed With The Oakland Raiders

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict records a tackle.

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 18: running back Gus Edwards #35 of the Baltimore Ravens is tackled by outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

On Monday, talented but controversial linebacker Vontaze Burfict was released by the Cincinnati Bengals. He spent his first seven seasons with the team.

The decision came after a year in which Burfict missed nine games between injuries and suspensions. The latter is something that Burfict is no stranger to during his career. He has served suspensions of at least three games in each of the last three seasons.

One day after being released, he has a new NFL home. Burfict is now an Oakland Raiders.

Jon Gruden's team has been extremely active in making splashy moves since he took over. Last year, it dealt Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper to the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys, respectively, for draft picks.

This off-season, they effectively replaced Cooper with one of the NFL's best receivers in former Pittsburgh Steeler Antonio Brown. Now, they add Burfict, who has an interesting history with AB.

The Raiders announced the signing of Vontaze Burfict earlier tonight.

Just last season, Burfict delivered an illegal hit on Brown, which was one of the plays that drew a $112,000 fine from the NFL after a Bengals-Steelers AFC North game. Today, he brushed off the potential for conflict between the two former rivals.

Burfict has 502 total tackles and seven sacks during his career. He's also intercepted five passes, and forced three fumbles. In 2013, he was a second team All-Pro, and a Pro Bowler.