NFL notebook: Bengals release LB Burfict
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict was released by the Cincinnati Bengals after seven seasons, the team confirmed Monday.
"As we continue to build our roster for the 2019 season, we felt it best to
give both the team and Vontaze a fresh start," head coach Zac Taylor said in a
Burfict, 28, had two seasons remaining on a $33.2 million contract extension,
but releasing him results in a cap charge of only $1.8 million.
Burfict appeared in only 43 games in the past five seasons, encountering
repeated head injuries -- seven documented concussions -- and three
suspensions. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Burfict amassed more than
$4 million in on-field conduct fines.
--Defensive lineman Haloti Ngata went to great lengths -- rather heights -- to
announce his retirement.
The 13-year-NFL veteran posted a heartfelt message along with a photo on
Instagram showing him standing atop Mount Kilimanjaro holding a banner that
read, "I'm retiring from the NFL on top."
"Just a man standing on top of the world with a heart full of gratitude. Thank
you Lord for letting play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years," read
the social media post by Ngata, a 35-year-old who played for the Philadelphia
Eagles last season.
--New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said that he traded star
wideout Odell Beckham Jr. because the Cleveland Browns made an offer that was
impossible to pass up.
"We didn't sign him to trade him, but things changed," he said. "Frankly, what
changed is another team made us an offer we couldn't refuse."
The trade last Wednesday ended months of speculation that Beckham was on his
way out of New York. After signing Beckham to a five-year, $95 million
contract in 2018, the Giants saw their season spiral downward.
--Adrian Peterson is officially back with Washington after the Redskins
announced his signing.
Multiple outlets reported last Wednesday that Peterson agreed to a two-year,
$8 million deal.
Peterson rushed for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games for the
Redskins last season. He signed late in training camp after Derrius Guice
sustained a torn ACL.
--Free agent wide receiver Jordy Nelson will visit the Seattle Seahawks on
Tuesday, ESPN reported.
The New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs reportedly
are among other teams interested in Nelson. He became available last week when
the Oakland Raiders released him following their trade for former Pittsburgh
Steelers star wideout Antonio Brown and the acquisition of Tyrell Williams in
--Kansas City agreed to sign cornerback Bashaud Breeland to a three-year
contract, ESPN reported.
Breeland, 27, played seven games with Green Bay last season, starting five,
after originally agreeing to a three-year, $24 million free agent deal with
the Carolina Panthers last March. That agreement was nixed because of a failed
--Running back and kick returner Ameer Abdullah signed a one-year deal with
Abdullah, 25, was Minnesota's primary kick returner for the final seven games
of last season after he was claimed off waivers from Detroit. He returned 10
kicks for 258 yards, with a long of 33.
--Philadelphia announced a one-year deal with veteran strong safety Andrew
Sendejo spent the past eight seasons with Minnesota. The 31-year-old became a
free agent earlier this month when the Vikings declined the $5.5 million 2019
option on his contract.
--Washington signed free agent offensive tackle Ereck Flowers to a one-year,
$4 million deal, according to multiple reports.
Flowers was the ninth overall selection by the Giants in 2015 but didn't pan
out as an impact lineman and was released last October. He finished last
season with Jacksonville, where he started the final seven games of the
--ESPN apparently is trying to convince Peyton Manning to join the "Monday
Night Football" broadcast team.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro and content
chief Connor Schell flew to Denver a week ago to meet with the future Hall of
Fame quarterback. It's unclear if 42-year-old Manning is interested in
assuming the analyst role.
--The investigation into allegations of battery against Kansas City wide
receiver Tyreek Hill remains open.
Steve Howe, district attorney in Johnson County, Kan., acknowledged in a
written statement that his office "has received numerous requests for
information" about the status of the investigation into Hill but could provide
no additional details.
Hill, 25, has not been charged with any crimes but is under investigation for
an alleged battery incident involving a juvenile, according to multiple
published reports. The Kansas City Star reported that Hill's 3-year-old son
sustained a broken arm in the incident.
--Field Level Media