Raiders Hosting LBs Manti Te’o & Aaron Lynch, May Have Interest In Vontaze Burfict


Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Raiders are doing work on free agent linebackers and will host Manti Te’o and Aaron Lynch for visits.

According to Rapoport, the Raiders may also have interest in former Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict, who was released Monday.

This is the first reported interest in either Te’o or Lynch since the free agent market officially opened.

It’s worth mentioning that signing Burfict to a contract won’t impact a team’s 2019 compensatory picks, given that he was released this offseason. 

Te’o, 28, is a former second-round pick of the Chargers back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year rookie contract before agreeing to a two-year, $5 million deal with the Saints in 2017. 

Te’o is testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent. 

In 2018, Te’o appeared in five games for the Saints and recorded 18 tackles, no sacks and a pass defense.

Lynch, 26, is a former fifth-round pick of the 49ers back in 2014. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2.418 million contract before signing a one-year deal with the Bears for the 2018 season. 

In 2018, Lynch appeared in 13 games for the Bears and recorded 16 tackles, three sacks, an interception and a pass defense.

Burfict, 28, wound up signing on with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State back in 2012. He was in the final year of his four-year, $20 million contract when the Bengals signed him to a three-year $38.68M extension last year.

Burfict was set to make base salaries of $5 million (2019), and $6.18 million (2020) over the remainder of the contract when the Bengals cut him on Monday. 

In 2018, Burfict appeared in seven games for the Bengals and recorded 33 tackles, no sacks and three pass defenses.

We have all of them featured in our Top 100 Available Free Agents list.

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