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NFL rumors: Raiders hosting former Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict

NFL rumors: Raiders hosting former Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict

The Raiders are continuing to cast a wide net in hopes of adding a veteran linebacker to what is a thing group right now. 

On Tuesday, the Raiders are hosting Vontaze Burfict, NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported. The veteran linebacker was cut by the Bengals on Monday, and has a long relationship with Oakland's defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. 

Guenther served as Burfict's defensive coordinator in Cincinnati for four seasons from 2014-2017. 

The 28-year-old Burfict has been in the spotlight for his multiple suspensions and acts of dirty play.. He's been suspended three times in his seven-year career, and missed the first four games last season due to violating the league's PED policy.

In 2018, Burfict played in seven games and finished with 33 tackles. 

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The news comes one day after the Raiders reportedly hosted linebackers Manti Te'o and Aaron Lynch. The Raiders currently have a trio of Marquel Lee, Jason Cabinda and Tahir Whitehead to trot out as their linebackers.

NFL rumors: Raiders hosting veteran linebackers Manti Te'o, Aaron Lynch

NFL rumors: Raiders hosting veteran linebackers Manti Te'o, Aaron Lynch

The Raiders have made significant additions this offseason with some big-name free-agent signings. Most of those additions, however, have come to their offense. 

Aside from safety Lamarcus Joyner, the Raiders haven't put too much time into a defense that allowed a franchise-worst 467 points in 2018. They need significant help at linebacker, and are starting to look at some veteran names.

On Monday, NFL media's Ian Rapoport reported the Raiders hosted free-agent linebackers Manti Te'o and Aaron Lynch. Former Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was released Monday, and could be a name of interest for the Silver and Black. 

Injuries have derailed Te'o's career ever since entering the NFL in 2013. He only played in five games last season for the Saints, but is healthy now and the 29-year-old could be a cheap option. Lynch, who played his first four seasons for the 49ers, played 13 games for the Bears in 2018 where he recorded 16 tackles and three sacks. 

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Burfict, 28, has been defined by suspensions and dirty play. He's been suspended three times in his seven-year career, and missed the first four games last season due to violating the league's PED policy. Last year he played in seven games and finished with 33 tackles. 

The Raiders currently have a trio of Marquel Lee, Jason Cabinda and Tahir Whitehead. Upgrades are expected in the draft, but a serviceable veteran should be a priority, too.

Raiders re-sign return specialist Dwayne Harris to one-year contract

Raiders re-sign return specialist Dwayne Harris to one-year contract

The Raiders have re-signed wide receiver/return specialist Dwayne Harris to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday. 

That's not the real news, though. Not only was Harris decked out from head to toe in Gucci, so were his dogs, Blue and OJ. Now that's signing in style. 

On the field, Harris had a solid season, too. He returned 29 kickoffs for 663 yards, good for a 22.9-yard average. Harris also returned one punt, which wound up being one of the most memorable plays ever at the Oakland Coliseum. 

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The 31-year-old played sparingly as a wide receiver as well. He had six receptions for 40 yards.