Vontaze Burfict released, Bengals parted ways with longtime linebacker.

The Bengals today terminated the contract of LB Vontaze Burfict, releasing him to free agency.

Burfict, an eighth-year player in 2019, played in 75 career games with 73 starts for the Bengals over the past seven seasons.

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His career totals include 684 tackles, 8.5 sacks, five interceptions, 33 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries, and he earned a Pro Bowl berth after the 2013 season.

Burfict originally signed with the Bengals as a college free agent out of Arizona State in 2012.

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“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,” said Bengals head coach Zac Taylor. “Vontaze has been a good player here — the team appreciates that, and I know a lot of fans appreciate that — but our focus is on the future. Our goal is to build a successful team for the upcoming season, and we felt that making this change now was best for everyone.”

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