Not So Incognito

by Ryan

The definition of incognito is not this man:

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This is Richie Incognito, and he’s now a member of the Buffalo Bills. The five-year player was placed on waivers by the 1-12 St. Louis Rams after a pair of personal foul penalties and an argument with Rams staff. What’s interesting is that the Miami Dolphins also put a waiver claim in on Incognito, but the Bills got him because their record is worse.

It’s nice to see that the Bills are trying to improve their depth on the offensive line, but there are clearly plenty of question marks with Incognito. He’s a pending free agent with 11 personal foul penalties to his name since 2006, and he has a reputation for being one of the dirtiest players in the league. Oh, and Kawika Mitchell thinks he sucks balls:

RT @ProFootballTalk Bills add Richie Incognito http://is.gd/5qtmn #NFL–BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT THIS YR. THE GUYS A BUM. DIRTY AND ALWAYS…… WILL BE. REALLY WISH I WAS PLAYIN RITE NOW. SERIOUSLY… I KNO WE’RE N NEED OF OLINE BUT THIS GUY SUKS BALLS.

Now this means a few things. First of all, that Kawika Mitchell reads ProFootballTalk. That’s interesting, but it’s not half as interesting as calling out a teammate before he makes it to One Bills Drive. Buffalo Rumblings has a good post about the outburst and has some thoughts from the SB Nation Rams blogger, but the biggest question is this: will Incognito be worth the risk?

It’s clear that many players don’t like him, but the fact of the matter is that the Bills need all the help on the offensive line that they can get. They are not statistically as bad as some other teams, but even before catastrophic injuries the front five has been a work in progress from the onset.

The question is this: is bringing in talent like Incognito worth his reputation and potentially upsetting others already on the team? Apparently the Bills seem to think so, but with just three games left in the season any sort of experiment with Incognito may have a minimal effect. Unless he plays well enough to warrant a new contract, this may be nothing more than a lot of noise about an invisible man.

One Comment

  1. Keller

    This guy is an asshole…was at Nebraska…was in St. Louis…will be one in Buffalo. Don’t get too excited….