Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is working this offseason to adapt his play to fit modern NFL rules on player safety after serving a 12-game suspension in 2019 for committing another helmet-to-helmet hit, his agent told NFL Network.
The 29-year-old defender played just four games for the Oakland Raiders last season before a collision with Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle got Burfict ejected, later earning him the longest suspension in NFL history for an on-field incident.
“Vontaze has spent the entire offseason studying and learning the proper code of conduct for participation in the NFL. He has watched tape, talked with coaches and NFL experts, doing everything he can to conform his passionate play to the rules,” agent Peter Schaffer told NFL Network. “This is a serious issue not only for Vontaze but all players, and he is serious about doing things the right way and being a leader.”