During an interview this week, Richie Incognito said his "number one goal" was to return to the Miami Dolphins for the 2014 season. However, it sounds like what Incognito really meant is that he'll play for any team, like say, the Oakland Raiders.
Miami might be the free agent offensive lineman's "number one goal," but Incognito also told NFL.com that he'd definitely be interested in playing for the Raiders.
"I'm 100 percent into that. I think that would fit my personality the best," Incognito said. "It makes so much sense. I know (offensive coordinator Greg) Olson and (offensive line coach Tony) Sparano, and I'm a loyal guy, and I'd love to play for them again. And, of course, the Raiders have that aura."
During his first two seasons in the NFL (2006-07), Incognito played under Olson, who was the Rams offensive coordinator in St. Louis. Incognito also spent two seasons playing under Sparano, who was the head coach of the Dolphins during Incognito's first two years with the team (2010-11).
Incognito might want to play for the Raiders, but the Raiders might not want Incogito. Oakland has already signed three offensive linemen since the beginning of free agency in Austin Howard, Donald Penn and Kevin Boothe.
Plus, there could be an issue between Incognito and new Raider Antonio Smith. The former Texans defensive end, who signed with Oakland on March 14, has a history with Incognito. Smith was suspended one regular season game this year after trying to hit Incognito with a helmet during an August preseason game. Smith was also fined for kicking in September 2012.
"A dirty player being let to play dirty … Ricky Incognito," Smith said in 2012. "Everything that's illegal that can be done on the football field he does it."
There's also the issue of Incognito heading to a team that's just miles from Jonathan Martin's new team in San Francisco. The NFL probably wouldn't be a huge fan of that after everything that came out in the Ted Wells report.
Before Incognito signs with anyone though, he'll have to undergo a comprehensive evaluation made by NFL and NFLPA approved medical advisers, according to NFL.com. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will then review that evaluation before Incognito is cleared to play.