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Report: Incognito agrees to extend his suspension, with pay

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With the Dolphins just three days away from having to make a decision to release Richie Incognito or reinstate him from suspension, it appears that Incognito will make things easy on the team by agreeing to a third option: Keep the suspension going, with pay.

Jeff Darlington of NFL Network reports that Incognito and the Dolphins have agreed that Incognito will remain away from the team, but will get paid, while investigator Ted Wells continues examining the Dolphins’ locker room culture. The Dolphins suspended Incognito indefinitely on November 3 after Jonathan Martin walked away from the team, allegedly because Incognito was harassing him. But under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams really aren’t permitted to suspend a player “indefinitely.” The maximum length of a suspension a team can impose on a player is four games, and four games will be up on Sunday.

But Incognito and the Dolphins have reached this compromise with the agreement of both the league office and the NFL Players Association, according to Darlington. That buys time for the Dolphins to decide what to do with Incognito, and it allows Incognito to start getting paid again.

Wells, who was appointed by the league office to examine the matter, has said he expects to take a few more weeks to investigate. It remains to be seen whether Incognito has any future with the Dolphins — and whether he faces discipline from the league — once Wells’s investigation is complete.

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28 Responses to “Report: Incognito agrees to extend his suspension, with pay”
  1. seatownballers says: Nov 29, 2013 5:37 PM

    Most bosses would look to replace you if they heard about you explicitly assaulting a women on a golf course, drunk, after work with some coworkers.

  2. donmcg2012 says: Nov 29, 2013 5:40 PM

    That’s a guilty plea in my book. Must not have enough confidence to do the grievance and win. So why not continue to get paid for being a bully? Milk while he can.

  3. chinahand11 says: Nov 29, 2013 5:46 PM

    Good work Richie. I wish I could have gotten that deal when they threw me off that construction job a while ago.

    Smart move on the Fins part. If they can keep him off the golf courses and slow him down on the texting he won’t be featured in a new article on this site every ten minutes.

  4. zeedoubleyou says: Nov 29, 2013 5:50 PM

    Sounds like a union employee to me.

  5. jakec4 says: Nov 29, 2013 5:51 PM

    In my little world that is what gets called a vacation.

  6. bennyb82 says: Nov 29, 2013 5:55 PM

    Suspension a.k.a Paid vacation

  7. dontouchmyjunk says: Nov 29, 2013 6:06 PM

    One loses a little more faith in humanity every time they read the comments on this site.

  8. thetooloftools says: Nov 29, 2013 6:08 PM

    Wow. Nice out.

  9. wryly1 says: Nov 29, 2013 6:08 PM

    He won’t be returning to the Dolphins regardless of the outcome of Wells’ report. He won’t be back for the simple reason he ticked off the owner and made him look bad. end of subject.

  10. mrbigass says: Nov 29, 2013 6:15 PM

    As mentioned above, anyone that did what he did (bullying, sexual assault) would have been fired immediately in the real world.

    And in the golf course incident, he should have been charged criminally.

    And now he gets to sit at home, get paid a huge salary and I’m betting if he eventually gets cut, he will end up with another team next year.

    Where is karma when you need it…….

  11. hpeters77 says: Nov 29, 2013 6:18 PM

    Zeedoubleyou, I hope you don’t have a problem with union workers. They have fought and hard to get much needed benefits

  12. promickey says: Nov 29, 2013 6:28 PM

    Well the big baby Martin cried ‘WOLF’ but not wolf was to be found……

  13. zerohandicapper says: Nov 29, 2013 6:32 PM

    “As mentioned above, anyone that did what he did (bullying, sexual assault) would have been fired immediately in the real world.”

    I know, I dont understand it either. NFL makes millions and players have inflated salaries that lets them earn millions. That has REAL WORLD written all over it.

  14. clarencewhorley says: Nov 29, 2013 6:43 PM

    I think this actually points to Incognito returning next year after the Dolphins cut bait with Martin. They will trade Martin for a 5th or so and draft or sign a real left tackle.

    Martin was benched before he left the team, he was one of the 3 worst left tackles in the NFL and getting their QB killed.

  15. zeedoubleyou says: Nov 29, 2013 6:59 PM

    hpeters77

    Ask the union workers from GM if their excess benefits were worth their jobs. They negotiated the company out of business.

  16. ravenswhat says: Nov 29, 2013 6:59 PM

    Incredible indictment on workplace behavior from the Dolphins brass!! I would be embarrassed if I was a fan. Not to mention richies other well documented mishaps. Utterly embarrassing there Ross.

  17. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 29, 2013 7:31 PM

    Anyone who thinks richie incognito will be a Miami Dolphins exployee next season is one of those mouthbreathing idiot NFL fans I always reference.

  18. jaychristsays says: Nov 29, 2013 7:50 PM

    I think this actually points to Incognito returning next year after the Dolphins cut bait with Martin. They will trade Martin for a 5th or so and draft or sign a real left tackle.

    Martin was benched before he left the team, he was one of the 3 worst left tackles in the NFL and getting their QB killed.
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    Not a chance the Dolphins get anything for Martin. The entire league knows he doesn’t want to play in Miami, why would they trade for him when he’s not even that good?

    And Incognito is as good as gone (and his career is probably done too). Incognito is a meat head, but based on what teammates have said, that’s just his personality (and it’s accepted by others). It really is unfortunate that Jonathan Martin couldn’t handle the NFL and he brought Richie (and others) down with him. Martin is a coward.

  19. allseeingone says: Nov 29, 2013 7:54 PM

    The Liberal’s witch hunt is almost over.

  20. tfaulk says: Nov 29, 2013 7:55 PM

    “That’s a guilty plea in my book. Must not have enough confidence to do the grievance and win. So why not continue to get paid for being a bully?”

    If Incognito pursued a grievance or asked to be reinstated, he causes more chaos for the Dolphins who may look like they are siding with a potential bully and/or racist, he causes the investigation a setback because preexisting NFL rules are in conflict with what they may conclude, the Dolphins organization, NFL, and NFLPA all look stupid.

    This doesn’t look like a guilty plea whatsoever to me. It looks like Richie being a team player and taking the smallest possible hit for everyone involved (including Martin) with the hope that the least damaging resolution to everyone involved including Richie. In other words, everything opposite of what Martin’s actions look like.

  21. bleedgreen says: Nov 29, 2013 8:44 PM

    Why does he still need to be suspended? Can’t he be ‘reinstated’ and a healthy scratch? He still gets paid, but he’s still away from the team.

  22. devastationinc says: Nov 29, 2013 8:52 PM

    I don’t belong to a union, but to those anti-union comments, get real. Greedy CEO’s and corporations took greed to a new level and that’s why we are where we are. US is in ruins because of the greed of corporations.

  23. DaveKShape says: Nov 29, 2013 9:36 PM

    I guess this 30-year-old is really worth this. Wait… what??? Cut the guy, and if you need to, cut Martin, and call this a day. Whether or not you think this guy is psycho, people will constantly talk about this for years until this guy is gone from the league. Is he really worth that?

    If Jeff Ireland is behind all of this decision/indecision, then he is the dumbest controller in the league, and Miami should be ashamed of allowing him to fester in this cesspool as long as they have.

  24. therealhardt says: Nov 30, 2013 2:48 AM

    I wonder how this impacts RI’s pension. does he get credit for these games since he will be “paid”? could be that his agent found a way to benefit RI while the dolphins/NFL muddle through their “resolution”.

  25. oldcracker says: Nov 30, 2013 7:36 AM

    While I can’t stand such racists bullies like Incognito, I could see a place for him with my Browns. Somebody has to “man up” our O-line, especially the Guards!

    We can’t keep going through QB’s, and relying on Wenke 2.0 to “save the game” for us.

    What did Holmgren & Heckert ever see in this guy?

  26. 1rockyracoon says: Nov 30, 2013 10:32 AM

    Tells you what you need to know about his character. Instead of putting up a fight to get back to his teammates he would rather just sit at home and collect a paycheck. Either way, in a few years he will be out of the league and then he’ll get to experience the world without the protection of being a football player. I’ll bet he’ll be arrested for something during the first year of retirement. He better have enough money to pay off people he assaults.

  27. phillyphinsfan says: Nov 30, 2013 11:41 AM

    After the team charity golf incident, I’ve lost all respect for the Dolphins organization.

  28. estebanyaniz says: Nov 30, 2013 4:29 PM

    1- Kind of hard to bully a man who weighs over three hundred ponds, towers over people at 6ft5 and benchpresses over 400lbs.
    2-Funny how even after the whole team has denied any of the claims by Martin, after Wells requested a 2nd interview with Martin due to team testimony and the 1142 text messages shared by the two teammates which were released via Fox Sports that everyone points the finger at Incognito.
    Perhaps Martin was just never a fit for the NFL and this is his way out, with a little vengeance on the side.
    Rest assured, Incognito WILL play again, while Martin will forever be considered a disease to every team in the league.

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