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NFL's ultimate pay-for-play guy: Burfict

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08:02 AM ET 03.14 | Bengals rookie Vontaze Burfict has come a long way since his days as Arizona State. [Burfict] earned an NFL-high $299,465 in the NFL's performance-based pay program, a source with knowledge of the payout distribution confirmed to "Shutdown Corner" on Wednesday. Off-field issues at Arizona State dropped Burfict out of the 2012 NFL Draft and the Bengals were able to sign him to a three-year undrafted rookie contract that included a signing bonus of $1,000 for a first-year cap number of $390,333. Burfict had a team-high 127 tackles while playing in 82.96 percent of the team's defensive snaps, which set him to do very well in a poorly-named program that rewards players with high playing-time percentages and low cap numbers.

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March 14, 2013  08:15 AM ET

So, they're saying he's the "Burfict" player? Huh?????

March 14, 2013  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So, they're saying he's the "Burfict" player? Huh?????

I can say he was the real deal last year, for an undrafted walk-on.....he was a diamond in the rough.

March 14, 2013  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So, they're saying he's the "Burfict" player? Huh?????

Ba dum bum. Don't applause, send money! I know you're out there, I can hear you leaving......
Ladies and gentlemen, Wawa-we-wa will be here all week. Don't forget to check out one of his other shows.

March 14, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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I can say he was the real deal last year, for an undrafted walk-on.....he was a diamond in the rough.

The kind of guy you want around for a long time...

So - does Mike Brown have the sense to try and do so?

March 14, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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The kind of guy you want around for a long time...So - does Mike Brown have the sense to try and do so?

Going by history, this is when Mike Brown digs in and reminds everyone that the player signed a contract and does nothing. We'll see how much ill will there is when Burfict's rookie contract runs out.

March 14, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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The kind of guy you want around for a long time...So - does Mike Brown have the sense to try and do so?

Well Otis that is yet to be seen....but I think if he continues to improve this coming year and has another year like last year , the Bengals will re-do his contract after next year.

But then again we are talking about Mike Brown, even tho he has been showing signs of change - he is still Mike Brown.

March 14, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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Going by history, this is when Mike Brown digs in and reminds everyone that the player signed a contract and does nothing. We'll see how much ill will there is when Burfict's rookie contract runs out.

Well that "Player" he was refering to isn't playing no-more and when he left Cincy his career was basically over.

March 14, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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Ba dum bum. Don't applause, send money! I know you're out there, I can hear you leaving......Ladies and gentlemen, Wawa-we-wa will be here all week. Don't forget to check out one of his other shows.

And don't forget to tip your servers. Try the veal!

March 14, 2013  10:30 AM ET

He made a lot of people eat their words...I hope he becomes one of the best in the league and keeps his head on straight. People CAN change if given a chance

March 14, 2013  12:28 PM ET
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...he is still Mike Brown.

That's the part you worry about... just like I worry about Jerry Jones still being Jerry Jones.

 
March 14, 2013  12:59 PM ET
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He made a lot of people eat their words...I hope he becomes one of the best in the league and keeps his head on straight. People CAN change if given a chance

Rex Ryan was more than happy to eat his words. Yummy.

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