The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bringing in former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito for a visit. The team could use some help along the offensive line and Incognito is a talented player and veteran.
The hesitance with with Incognito is his history and involvement in the bullying scandal that rocked the NFL involving Incognito’s former teammate Jonathan Martin.
His potential new teammates aren’t hung up on his controversial history though, claiming everyone in the league has their issues and demons.
“This is the NFL,” center Evan Dietrich-Smith said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “Everyone has baggage.”
Other Buccaneers players agree.
“Everybody deserves a second chance at life,” tackle Demar Dotson said. “I think that this is his second chance.” As to Incognito’s racial slur, Dotson says he’ll be “hoping that’s not how [Incognito feels] inside.”
If something needed to be said, the team’s veterans would take that responsibility.
“I think some of the older guys would have something to say to him. It wouldn’t be negative or anything like that,” center Evan Dietrich-Smith said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “I don’t think they would let the man in the locker room if they felt that it wasn’t going to be a good fit.”