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Social media reactions to Vontaze Burfict’s 3-year contract extension with Bengals

Bengals fans are happy that Burfict is locked up in Cincinnati for the next four years.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have extended the contract of currently suspended linebacker Vontaze Burfict, keeping him in stripes through the 2020 NFL season.

Per, the deal is worth “nearly $39 million” though it’s sure to include incentives and not all of that money will be guaranteed.

It’s believed Burfict gets about $11 million up front, most of it in salary this year that is going to reduce the Bengals’ remaining salary cap from about $15 million to about $5 million, which about taps out the Bengals and their paid that accounts for incentives and injuries. has reported the extension totals $38.68 million and includes a $3.3 million signing bonus. It also includes an additional $7 million this season; Burfict was set to make $4,063,235 this year before the contract extension. That’s not including the money he’s losing during his suspension.

The Bengals’ coaches, who will need to deal with life without Burfict for the first three weeks of the 2017 NFL season, are surely excited to have the heart and soul of the defense in the fold for the long-term.

“Vontaze is still one of the young, emerging talents within the league,” head coach Marvin Lewis said after the signing. “We have worked hard at training, developing and retaining talented players. It’s pleasing that Vontaze has made this commitment to be a part of the organization going forward. It was important to reach an extension before the start of the season and we look forward to having Vontaze back with the team in a few weeks.”

Here’s a look at social media reactions to the news. It was taken well by Bengals fans, but as you may expect, not so well from fans outside of Cincinnati.