Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
That seems to be the approach of the Raiders after signing linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Tuesday.
The team recently acquired All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown in a trade with the Steelers, who has a history with Burfict from their days as AFC North rivals when the linebacker played for the Bengals.
Burfict, 28, is one of the most heavily fined and suspended players in the NFL in recent years.
“Football’s football,” Burfict said, via the East Bay Times. “Every team plays a little bit after the whistle. It’s just a matter if the ref catches it, you know what I mean?”
Burfict doesn’t think there will be any issues with Brown, even though he’s twice been fined for late hits on the Raiders’ newest playmaker.
“It’s all fun and games, man. We’re on the same team,” Burfict said. “It’s one goal. We might (end up) being the closest friends on the team… I can’t wait to meet him.”
Brown apparently feels the same way, taking to Twitter to let the world know everything was all good between two old foes.
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) March 20, 2019
We’ll see how long the honeymoon phase lasts once training camp rolls around.