Throughout their history, the Raiders have gained a reputation as a welcoming place for players who have worn out their welcome elsewhere in the NFL.
Guard Richie Incognito fits the bill after being suspended in 2013 and castigated in Ted Wells’ investigation for the way he treated Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito recently got out of treatment for mental health issues and told Michael Silver of NFL.com that he’s open to the idea of continuing his NFL career in Oakland.
“I’m 100 percent into that,” Incognito said. “I think that would fit my personality the best. It makes so much sense. I know [offensive coordinator Greg] Olson and [offensive line coach Tony] Sparano, and I’m a loyal guy, and I’d love to play for them again. And, of course, the Raiders have that aura.”
Incognito played for Olson in St. Louis and Sparano in Miami, but there probably aren’t too many places he wouldn’t want to play right now. He said earlier this week and reiterated to Silver that he would like a chance to return to the Dolphins, but the shadow of last year, the Wells report and Incognito’s mental health concerns make him a tough sell to anyone.
Complicating matters in Oakland is the presence of defensive lineman Antonio Smith, who was suspended for two preseason games and a regular season game after an altercation with Incognito in the preseason last year. Incognito shrugged off any concerns on that front and called Smith a friend, although that may not be enough to open up the door to a job in Oakland.