Raiders were in trade talks for now suspended LB Vontaze Burfict


According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the embattled Cincy linebacker is facing a four-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.

A few days ago there was a rumor that the Cincinnati Bengals were close to trading linebacker Vontaze Burfict to the Oakland Raiders but no such kind of transaction has materialized since.

The disputed test occurred December 27, when Burfict already had been ruled out for the season, and he is expected to argue that he could not be using any drug to gain an advantage when he wasn't even playing. No appeal date yet.

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He hasn't played a full season since 2013, and it's certainly cost him. Burfict was tossed for the first time in his six-year career after making contact with a referee on the sideline. In the meantime, the Bengals are coming off a rough season (7-9).

Separate from those suspensions, Burfict has been fined $303,637 for 11 on-field incidents in his National Football League career, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Burfict was suspended five games at the beginning of the 2017 season for a hit on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman in the preseason. Burfict also had a clause in his contract that would pay him $140,625 for every game in 2018 that he was on the active roster, so he's set to lose further $562,500 if his suspension is upheld. None more high profile than his hit to the head of Antonio Brown late in the fourth quarter of the Bengals 2016 Wild Card game loss to the Steelers.

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