Retiring after the 2017 season, Richie Incognito is now back in the NFL. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL network, the Raiders and Incognito have struck a one year deal although the financial terms have not yet been released.
Almost a month ago, Incognito visited the Raiders and worked out for the team. He left the facilities without a deal but impressed decision makers enough to give him a shot on a one year deal.
Incognito will compete with Denzelle Good among others for a left guard spot that appears to be wide open.
It’s possible Incognito could face a league suspension stemming from an incident in August 2018 where he plead guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and served 11 months probation.
Also called into question is the mental health of Incognito, who during the aforementioned incident made threats to employees at a funeral home following the death of his father. Supposedly, references to having guns in his vehicle were made.
Incognito, 35, last played for the Buffalo Bills in 2017 and was still a very productive player, making three Pro Bowls. He has the reputation as a mauler with an attitude. While he could certainly help the team, the move does not fit with the transition Gruden and Mayock are making in shaping the roster with high character players.
In 2014, Incognito missed the entire season due to the bullying scandal that took place with then teammate, Johnathan Martin in Miami.