Raiders Sign Talented, Troubled Guard: Richie Incognito

Four-time Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito, 35, could be the team's starter at left guard in 2019

Richie Incognito has been around.

The 35-year-old guard has played for the Rams, Bills, Dolphins and Bills (again) and been to the Pro Bowl four times.

He’s also been a controversial figure, accused of bullying and other assorted off-the-field problems.

Now, he’s a Raider.

Incognito, who was out of the NFL last season, has signed with the Raiders, according to his agent Ken Sarnoff, who tweeted the news Tuesday morning. Incognito retired after the 2017 season, when he went to the Pro Bowl with Buffalo, but said in recent months he wanted to return to the league.

With the Raiders, Incognito likely would be the leading candidate to start at left guard with the departure of Kelechi Osemele. Veteran Denzelle Good, a former Colt who joined the Raiders during last season, has been penciled in as the favorite to start at the position, but Incognito, a 6-foot-4, 322-pound brawling run blocker, is the more accomplished player.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports Incognito has reached an agreement on a one-year contract with Oakland.

According to Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports, Incognito’s troubled past includes alleged hazing of Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin in 2013 (for which he was suspended for a year in 2014) and incidents in Florida and Arizona this past year in which he was alleged to have threatened people, once in a gym and once at a funeral home.

Matt Schneidman of the Bay Area News Group reported Tuesday that the Raiders say Incognito is in “fantastic shape” and believe he can help them.

Wrote Schneidman: “Incognito visited the Raiders on May 6 and the team came away impressed, but they waited a couple of weeks to hear from the NFL about a possible suspension that would stem from Incognito’s arrest at an Arizona funeral home. It’s unclear if Incognito will be suspended, but regardless the Raiders were evidently comfortable with what the league told them regarding potential discipline.”

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