Richie Incognito won’t need to change his name to Richie Persona Non Grata. The controversial offensive lineman, who was booted from Miami after becoming embroiled in a bullying scandal last season, has been getting sniffs from NFL teams during camp. One team showing particular interest is the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo reports that the Seahawks have reached out to Incognito’s agent. Seattle is currently rolling with James Carpenter and J.R. Sweezy as their offensive guards, and could view Incognito as an upgrade or at the very least a solid veteran depth signing.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders are also rumored to have interest in Incognito.
Whatever you think of Incognito as a person – and all indications are that he is a vile piece of work – there’s no question that he’s been a solid offensive guard over his career and can still play in the NFL.
The Seahawks seem like a team with strong enough locker room chemistry to absorb a personality like Incognito’s. I couldn’t see Incognito getting out-of-hand in Seattle the way he did with the Dolphins, not with Pete Carroll and all that veteran leadership around. That’s not a toxic culture like the one fostered by Joe Philbin in Miami.
Any team that signs Incognito will likely only be giving him a one-year prove-it contract, so any bad behavior on his part could easily be met with a swift release from the roster. Some might be surprised to see Incognito popping up on radar screens but they shouldn’t be. If you can play in the NFL, teams will overlook your character issues.