Richie Incognito reportedly works out for Raiders, wants to return to NFL after sitting out 2018 season
The controversial offensive lineman might be nearing a return to the football field
After retiring, unretiring, getting cut by the Bills, and sitting out the 2018 season, it sounds like controversial offensive guard Richie Incognito could be nearing a return to football with the Oakland Raiders.
According to multiple reports, Incognito not only wants to play football again, he also worked out and took a physical for the Raiders on Monday. The Raiders could use help on the interior of their offensive line after investing heavily on their tackle positions both through and and Incognito is a good offensive guard who has been good for a while now.
Here’s an interesting one. The #Raiders are working out free agent G Richie Incognito today, sources say. Incognito didn’t play last season after he retired, un-retired and then was cut by the #Bills. But word is he’s in shape and feeling well in all aspects. Wants to play again.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 6, 2019
Richie Incognito's workout with the Raiders is done, I'm told. He's heading now to take a physical for the team. Stayed tuned on this one.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 6, 2019
Incognito's 35, and last played in 2017. Was pretty good that year. https://t.co/ctH3pNXzf3
Richie Incognito has finished his workout with Raiders. Still needs to pass physical before team considers signing him. Doubt that’ll be an issue.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) May 6, 2019
Physically, Richie is fine. Far more important, mentally, he’s doing well. Quietly taking classes at Arizona State in recent months.
While Incognito is a solid player who can help the Raiders, he's also a controversial figure. He's best-known for Dolphins. He didn't play for a team in 2014, but returned to the NFL the following season with the Bills.back in 2013, which and his eventual departure from the
Incognito spent three seasons in Buffalo beforeHis and the . Incognito didn't play last season and he was involved in a that made his future in football seem both rather trivial and unlikely.
The Raiders, though, need help at left guard. As it stands, either Denzelle Good or Chaz Green is likely to earn the starting job. Incognito would be a risky addition for non-football reasons, but he would also be an upgrade over both Good and Green. In 2017, he ranked fifth among guards in pass-blocking efficiency, according to Pro Football Focus, allowing only two sacks and two quarterback hits. He didn't miss a game from 2015-17.
Given just how much Derek Carr struggles under pressure, the Raiders should be trying to bolster their offensive line even after handing a mega deal in free agency. It's just not clear if Incognito, 35, is the right player for them to target.
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