AFC Notes: Colts, Raiders, Texans



Despite his suspension being lifted, Raiders free agent LB Vontaze Burfict faces as uncertain a future as he’s ever seen. His contract with the team is set to expire soon and it’s unclear if he’ll be back. While he made a strong impression on his coaches and teammates, his reputation as a dirty player caused him to be suspended for the final 12 games of 2019. He says he’s trying to adapt his game and play again in 2020, ideally for the Raiders. But another hit and Burfict won’t have the benefit of the doubt to protect him from being booted permanently. 

“You can tell how the years changed and the years evolved in football from Ray Lewis to Brian Urlacher to now,” Burfict said via NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero. “You watch Luke Kuechly, Lavonte David, me — it’s a totally different era, and watching how the eras have changed, you’ve got to change with it.”

“I just feel like I still have a long road ahead of me, I’m still young and a lot of things to prove,” Burfict added. “And I want to win a championship.”


  • According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Texans’ K Ka’imi Fairbairn‘s four-year, $17.65 million deal includes a $3 million signing bonus and a total of $9 million fully guaranteed. 
  • Fairbairn will make a base salary of $4 million guaranteed in 2020, $3.45 million in 2021 with $2 million guaranteed, $3.55 million in 2022 and $3.65 million in 2023. 
  • Texans TE Darren Fells‘ two-year, $7 million deal includes a $1 million signing bonus. Fells will make a base salary of $2.75 million, $1 million guaranteed, and $250,000 in per-game active roster bonuses in 2020. (Wilson)
  • In 2021, Fells will make a $1.5 million base salary and $800,000 in per-game active roster bonuses. 
  • The Texans plan to tender restricted free agent LB Dylan Cole, who’s coming off a torn ACL in 2019. (Adam Caplan)
  • The Texans have not yet extended an offer to exclusive rights free agent OT Roderick Johnson. (Wilson)
  • Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray said he had a meeting scheduled with the Texans on Wednesday, March 18 and had roughly 15 visits planned so far. (James Palmer)

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