Looks like this player will be getting the comeback he’s been preparing for. The New York Times reported on Tuesday, Aug. 26, that former Miami Dolphin offensive guard Richie Incognito has been reinstated by the NFL, and has met with a potential team.
Incognito, 31, was put on probation in November, subsequent to being suspended from playing in the team’s last eight games, for bullying his former teammate, Jonathan Martin. To get to the bottom of this scandal, Ted Wells was hired by the Dolphins to conduct the investigation.
In February, a report of the investigation was made available which stated that Incognito, along with John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, were “engaged in a pattern of harassment” towards Martin. Incognito has since been “suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins.” In March, Incognito’s contract ended with Miami. He has taken this time to prepare for the upcoming season.
NFL.com shared that earlier this month Commissioner Roger Goodell said, "We are working with (Incognito's) people and monitoring his progress and it's gone well. I would say the one person that has been very responsive and gone through the program is Richie Incognito."
Despite all the questionable behavior Incognito was seen visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Aug. 25. Tampa Bay Times reporter, Rick Stroud, tweeted that Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said, "We had a very constructive meeting with Richie. It went on for about 5 hours. He haven't ruled it out. He remains an option.”
Should he sign with the Buccaneers, would his teammates accept him and his past behavior? ESPN shared that Buccaneer defensive tackle Gerald McCoy would not have a problem with playing with Incognito. McCoy said, "I don't care. As long as he can help us win, that's all I'm concerned about. If there's a problem, then we'll deal with it accordingly. But as long as he's doing what he's supposed to be doing in the building, then I'm not concerned about anything else."
It is also reported that the Buccaneers are not the only team vying for Incognito’s services. A decision as to where he ends up may come as soon as the end of the week.