The rumblings surrounding Bengals Vontaze Burfict proved to be true Friday, as it was revealed that Oakland stopped pursuing the controversial LB once it was announced that he has been suspended four games for a violation of the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing drugs Friday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.
Typically speaking, Burfict has gotten in trouble with on-field behavior.
Burfict's appeal will center around the fact that he was on prescribed medication for the concussion he suffered on a hit from Steelers' wide receiver Ju-Ju Smith Schuster on December 4 and that he suffered a Grade 3 shoulder AC sprain during the Detroit Lions game on December 24 and was on prescribed medications for this injury as well, per another source.
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Burfict was also suspended for three games to begin last season after an illegal hit on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman in a preseason game. He started the 2015 season on the physically unable to perform list after having microfracture surgery at the end of the previous season. The problem is the undrafted defender hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013, his second season in Cincinnati. He has a $3.58 million base salary that's divided into 17 installments of $221,118. He's missed 22 total games over the last four years.
Burfict also had language in his contract that would pay him $140,625 for every game in 2018 that he was on the active 46-man roster. A four-game suspension would cost more than $1.6 million in game checks. The suspension was reduced to three games at the beginning of the season.