Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing drugs policy.
If upheld, 2018 will be the third season in a row that the 27-year-old has missed multiple games due to suspension.
Additionally, he will relinquish at least $1.458 million in base salary and roster bonuses, putting his total losses due to contract infringements at a little over $3.4 million for his career. He has also compiled $303,637 in fines from the NFL due to on-field incidents ranging from hitting defenceless players to flipping a middle finger to the crowd.
Burfict has built up quite the rap sheet since he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State in 2012, incurring fines and suspensions from the league on 12 different occasions in his six seasons as a pro.
The former All Pro hasn't played a full season since 2013. His losses of at least $1.45 million this year can be broken down into two categories: his game day checks and his per-game roster bonuses.
His base salary of $3.58 million is paid in 17 installments of $221,118. Missing four games will cost him a total of $896,470. 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.
He gave up $502,941 in game checks in 2016 and $1.4 million in 2017. On top of that he lost $94,000 in per-game roster bonuses last season while suspended. Basically, his behaviour on and off the field is costing him a whole lot of money.
His reputation is one of a dirty, reckless player and he's cost his team on countless occasions. 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.
The penalty yardage gained allowed the trailing Steelers to drive into field goal position and steal the game from Cincy that day, and the hit itself was nothing short of disgusting.
Burfict was suspended for three-games as a result of an infraction of player safety rules on three different occasions including the Brown hit.
Some of his other questionable behaviour includes intentionally striking an opponent in the groin in 2013 for which he was fined $10k and deliberately twisting the ankles of Greg Olsen and Cam Newton, that one landed him a fine of $25k.
He was fined $75k for stomping on LeGarrette Blount's leg in 2016 and was even ordered to pay $12k for flipping his middle finger at Bills fans in the same season.
In total, he's been punished by the league for 11 on-the-field incidents. The PED violation is his twelfth fine or suspension, and it likely won't be his last.
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