"I understand there's people in our population that won't give Richie a second chance, no matter what he'll be looked at certain way," Ryan said, per NFL.com.
If we didn't feel good about him as a citizen, and as a teammate, then he wouldn't have been here," Ryan said, per the Palm Beach Post.
Bills owner Terry Pegula issued this statement as the team announced the signing of guard
"I personally met with Richie, along with [general manager] Doug Whaley, [coach] Rex Ryan and [my wife] Kim regarding an opportunity to earn a spot on the
"Obviously, we all discussed Richie's past experience in the NCAA and NFL. We are convinced that Richie is prepared to move forward and has and will continue to take the necessary steps to improve himself as a person and a teammate. Following discussion with the rest of the coaching staff, we as an organization will provide him with the opportunity to do so."
Incognito was suspended for the second half of the 2013 season and was out of the league last year. The 32-year-old has started all 102 games he has played in. He's had stints with the Rams (2005-09), Bills (2009) and Dolphins (2010-13) and made the Pro Bowl in 2012.
An NFL investigation found Incognito and two other Dolphins offensive linemen persistently harassed teammate Jonathan Martin in 2013, causing Martin to leave the team. Incognito received unspecified treatment in the wake of the scandal, according to the Associated Press.
Incognito has started 102 games in his nine-year career in the league.
Free agent guard
ESPN reported Friday night that Incognito would meet with the Bills over the weekend, but the paper was informed that the physical is a formality and that he's destined to join the Bills.
The addition of Incognito could add the Bills a much-needed boost at offensive line. Pro Football Focus graded Buffalo dead last in run blocking and 22nd in pass blocking.
However, the signing would come with obvious baggage.
Incognito last played with the Dolphins in 2013. He was suspended the final eight games of the that season with Miami after being involved in a harassment case of teammate Jonathan Martin. He visited with multiple teams last in 2014, including the Buccaneers and Broncos, but never signed. He had a three-game stint with the Bills in 2009 before playing for the Dolphins.
Free agent guard
Incognito, who last played with the
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