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CBS Sports' Joel Corry believes Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict could command $9 million annually on the open market.

Burfict is entering the final year of his rookie deal but is slated for restricted free agency next spring where the Bengals could slap him with a first-round tender of about $3.3 million. The two sides have dabbled in extension talks, but there's no rush to get a deal done. The former UDFA has been a star on Cincinnati's defense as an every-down linebacker. He's due a mere $570,000 in 2014.

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FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Bengals are "making progress" in long-term talks with WLB Vontaze Burfict.

The sides met in Cincinnati this week. One of the better undrafted free agent finds of the 21st century, Burfict is technically going into the final year of his deal, but would remain under Bengals control as a restricted free agent in 2015. He's currently set to make just $570,000 this season.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals and WLB Vontaze Burfict have opened long-term contract negotiations.

Burfict is entering the final year of his deal but is under team control for the next two seasons. The former undrafted free agent is scheduled to make just $570,000 in 2014. Burfict led the NFL with 171 tackles last season, one year after tallying 124 stops as a rookie. He can do it all. Burfict plays sideline-to-sideline, can rush the passer, cover tight ends, and stop the run.

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ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey reports the team is expected to try and sign WLB Vontaze Burfict to a long-term contract extension this offseason.

Burfict, 23, is entering the final year of his three-year rookie deal and is scheduled to become a restricted free agent next spring. There's really no need for the Bengals to rush things. Burfict is coming off a 2013 season that saw him lead the league with 171 tackles and record three sacks, six pass breakups, and an interception. Burfict credits new Bengals DC Paul Guenther for his success.

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Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict is in the concussion protocol.

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Vontaze Burfict racked up 13 tackles despite playing on a sprained ankle in Sunday's win at San Diego.

Burfict had to convince coaches to let him play after looking gimpy in the warmup. "The injury was bad, but I think he's just got special powers and he used them all today," coach Marvin Lewis said. Burfict continues to absolutely dominate from the weak side as he's up to 131 tackles through 12 games.

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Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (ankle) is active for Week 13 against the Chargers.

The Bengals enter Week 13 as one of the league's healthier teams on offense. Inactive for the Bengals are OG Kevin Zeitler, RB Rex Burkhead, WR Ryan Whalen, S Tony Dye, OT Tanner Hawkinson, DT Christo Bilukidi and WR Dane Sanzenbacher.

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Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 13.

Per beat writer Joe Reedy, Burfict's status is "cloudy" for Sunday's trip to Qualcomm Stadium. The second-year weak-side 'backer suffered the injury in practice this week. Pro Football Focus has graded Burfict as the No. 3 4-3 OLB in the league, behind only Denver's Von Miller and Tampa's Lavonte David.

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Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (thigh) was a full participant in practice Saturday for a second straight day and is listed as probable on the Week 2 injury report.

Burfict was limited Thursday with a thigh injury, but it was never a major concern. He'll start opposite Rey Maualuga on Monday night against the Steelers.

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Bengals.com considers Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur the leading candidates to take the bulk of the linebacker snaps in 2013.

Burfict played the weak-side 'backer spot in 2012 as an undrafted rookie, and he went on to lead the team in tackles. He'll shift to the middle with Rey Maualuga likely gone via free agency, and Lamur will step in on the weak side. Lamur is an athletic player out of Kansas State who was promoted from the practice squad in Week 9.