The dirtiest player in the league, Vontaze Burfict, was finally cut by the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, about five years too late, imo.
Burfict had a great feel-good story to begin with -- going from undrafted to a top player at his position. That quickly flip-flopped into his migrating into a garbage person and the person who comes to mind when you hear the term "dirty player." Burfict is somehow only 28 years old, although I feel like I've been talking about his dirty hits since I was ten.
Despite only probably playing a total of six games since 2012 because he was suspended for the rest (I'm totally making this up, but it sure seems that way doesn't it), he's somehow managed in the remaining games to have a completely jaw-dropping dirty hit more often than not. Keep in mind that this is football we're talking about and it's literally dudes just hitting each other and running into each other. His entire highlight reel is him knocking people out.
Zac Taylor, the Bengals' new coach, and it seems like the only person with some sense up there, was the one to bite the bullet and say that the team's best decision would be to move on from him. You mean you don't want someone on your team who is suspended more than not, and whose only interest seems to be to break the jaw of the guy in front of him? What a concept. Why didn't anyone think of this before?
Now, the question is, where is he going next, if anywhere? It's a common theme in the NFL that you can be a complete dickwad as a person and still continue to get calls from teams, because no one ACTUALLY cares. So, yeah, unfortunately Burfict will probably get a call and he'll probably play for about a week or two before he tries to rip someones head off, leaving said team scratching their head wondering why they're putting up with this bullshit.
I'm so done with this dude, but it doesn't seem like the NFL is yet.