According to a report, free agent guard Richie Incognito—most well-known recently for his role in a workplace harassment scandal last season with the Miami Dolphins—has interest in coming to the Oakland Raiders, where he could reunite with a pair of his former coaches.
According to NFL.com, Incognito is intrigued by the idea of coming to the Raiders.
“I’m 100 percent into that,” Incognito said. “I think that would fit my personality the best. It makes so much sense.”
Incognito played for Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson in 2006-07, when Olson was the offensive coordinator for the Rams, and was with Oakland offensive line coach Sparano for two years in Miami (2010-11) when Sparano was head coach of the Dolphins.
The 30-year-old Incognito was a third-round draft pick by the Rams out of Oregon in 2005, where he transferred after starting his collegiate career at Nebraska, where he had a lengthy list of incidents, according to Yahoo Sports.
He was suspended by the Cornhuskers in 2004, withdrew from the university two weeks later and enrolled at Oregon. A week later, he was kicked out of the program there and declared for the 2005 NFL Draft.
Incognito was with the Rams until December 2009, when he was released after several incidents involving fans and St. Louis’ head coach at the time, Steve Spagnuolo. He was signed by Buffalo and spent three games with the Bills before signing with the Dolphins as a free agent in the spring of 2010.
In December 2011, Incognito was involved in an on-field incident with former Raider defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who was fined $30,000 for punching Incognito during a game.
Former Houston defensive end Antonio Smith called Incognito out for dirty play during a 2012 game and in the preseason last year, Smith swung his helmet at Incognito, earning a one-week suspension.
Smith signed with the Raiders last week.
“We don’t have a great history,” Incognito said of his relationship with Smith. “But I’ll go up there and play with him and try to win a Super Bowl. I used to work out with him and Darnell Dockett (in Arizona), so I know him very well. I’m too rambunctious when I play my friends.”
The Raiders have long had a reputation for being a port of last refuge for players needing a second (or third … or fourth) chance. But general manager Reggie McKenzie is a cautious sort and given that Incognito is still facing discipline related to the Ted Wells report on what went on in Miami last year, added to the fact that Incognito has visited three separate treatment facilities—for substance abuse and mental health issues—in just the last three weeks, he might be a bit too toxic.
Incognito was a Pro Bowler for the Dolphins in 2012.