College free agent signee impressed coaches in training camp and preseason before suffering season-ending leg injury on Aug. 24 at Arizona ... Placed on Bengals Reserve/Injured list on Aug. 30 ... A two-time All-Big 12 selection, garnering first team honors in 2013 from Associated Press, Sporting News and ESPN.com.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 5-12-14.
2014 recap: Played in three preseason games, with one start at LG ... Suffered leg injury Aug. 24 at Arizona ... Placed on Reserve/Injured list on Aug. 30.
High school: Attended North Shore High School in Houston, Texas, where he was All-American, all-state, all-area and two-time first-team all-district ... Played in 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... Ranked as best guard by Rivals.com and sixth-best guard by ESPNU ... Named Offensive Player of the Year by Houston Touchdown club and All-Greater Houston First-Team selection by the Houston Chronicle as a senior ... Earned honorable mention all-state honors from Associated Press and an all-greater Houston first-team selection by Houston Chronicle as a junior ... Second-team all-district selection as a sophomore.
Personal: Hometown is Houston, Texas ... 2011 Academic All-Big 12 first team selection and named to Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Spring 2011) ... Plays saxophone and clarinet.
Everyone saw it coming, but it still didn’t make it any easier Friday when the Bengals released one of their more versatile players and valued leaders across the defensive front and around the locker room in 11-year veteran Robert Geathers.
The kids keep pushing the vets more than ever. The Bengals aren't handing out a lot of scholarships. Vontaze Burfict is the Bengals' answer to Malcolm Butler.