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Richie Incognito: “I’m 100 percent into” playing for Raiders

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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.

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63 Responses to “Richie Incognito: “I’m 100 percent into” playing for Raiders”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 20, 2014 4:20 PM

    This is a Trouble Free Zone!!!

  2. shuttaman1990 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:21 PM

    Why not?
    Take a good deal, and don’t act out and yeah good addition to that o-line. One thing goes wrong in terms of behavior then we cut his ass

  3. justbust says: Mar 20, 2014 4:23 PM

    Cue the haters ……. He’s still an upgrade guys come on

  4. billbraskyisasonofabitch says: Mar 20, 2014 4:25 PM

    Awesome. Perfect fit for everybody involved. And his BFF is just across the bay

  5. piratesofthecoliseum says: Mar 20, 2014 4:25 PM

    He wants to be in Oakland cuz Jonathan martin is in SF, that way he’s still within bullying distance

  6. nfl4days says: Mar 20, 2014 4:27 PM

    Richie Incognito is 100% raider material. I predict a 5 year 80 million dollar contract.

  7. robgilman says: Mar 20, 2014 4:27 PM

    Sign him at a bargain, bring him in! Raider Nation welcomes Richie Incognito

  8. 69finfan says: Mar 20, 2014 4:27 PM

    Would love to see him go to Oakland on the same team as A Smith. That’s a show made for PPV.

  9. tvjules says: Mar 20, 2014 4:27 PM

    Incognito in Oakland… Martin across the Bay in San Fran. That’d be interesting.

  10. grogseal says: Mar 20, 2014 4:30 PM

    He also said that Martin was his friend.
    Hmmmm!

  11. officialgame says: Mar 20, 2014 4:30 PM

    This morning he was 100% into Miami? What happened? Funny that everyone Incognito targets is his friend? The man just can’t see the forest through the tree’s.

  12. dolphinaddict says: Mar 20, 2014 4:32 PM

    Good luck Richie. Too bad you couldn’t have stayed in Miami.

  13. jpiro says: Mar 20, 2014 4:34 PM

    Even Barrett Robbins thinks signing Richie would be crazy.

  14. shlort says: Mar 20, 2014 4:37 PM

    He should sign with the 9ers for the league minimum so he can bully that sissy Martin again.

  15. atwatercrushesokoye says: Mar 20, 2014 4:38 PM

    The Raiduhs aura disappeared just before their streak of years without a winning season hit double digits…

  16. sarcasm says: Mar 20, 2014 4:38 PM

    I’d rather him protect my QB than Martin. Just being honest!

  17. realnflmaster says: Mar 20, 2014 4:39 PM

    I’d rather him than Martin.

  18. tavisteelersfan says: Mar 20, 2014 4:39 PM

    He has friends in:

    Nebraska
    Oregon
    St. Louis
    Buffalo
    Miami
    and perhaps soon, Oakland.

    Funny guy, has mastered the art of apologizing and schmoozing over the facts (see Jay Glazier interview … smooth operator).

    If Tom Cable were still running the Raiders it would be a match made in heaven.

  19. dapollock69 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:52 PM

    If he can run a 4.4, 40, Al would rise from his undead slumber to sign him.

  20. kenstabler says: Mar 20, 2014 4:53 PM

    An ugly incident in Miami, but the guy deserves a second chance. He is a very good player, and his contract will be minimal with the problems. Really no risk, and the coaches know him. The Raiders need depth on the line and he can be signed on the cheap.

    Go for it.

  21. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: Mar 20, 2014 4:57 PM

    Heard he has underrated OL speed… Jump on it, Oakland.

  22. rmfp1978 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:57 PM

    St.Louis will grab him and he will be back playing next to long

  23. bonniebengal says: Mar 20, 2014 5:01 PM

    Incognito called Smith a “friend.” Yeah. he called Martin a friend too.

  24. war27 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:05 PM

    This would be the first Raider jersey I’d think about buying in years.

  25. joecancun says: Mar 20, 2014 5:10 PM

    “Returning to the Dolphins was my number one goal from the time I got suspended,” Incognito told WSVN-TV on Wednesday.

    “I’m 100 percent into” playing for Raiders” Thursday.

    Can’t wait for Friday update Rick.

  26. vegasgreek says: Mar 20, 2014 5:10 PM

    HE HAS RAIDERS WRITTEN ALL OVER HIM . BAD ASS !

  27. cuttyplease says: Mar 20, 2014 5:11 PM

    He is just praying he gets a job anywhere.

  28. hanspard says: Mar 20, 2014 5:19 PM

    Raiders have Boothe, Briesel, Bergstrom, and Barnes (lotta Bs now that I think about it…). We don’t need him. He may want to come to Oakland, but Oakland won’t want him.

  29. thefox61 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:21 PM

    The 49ers are not “just across the bay” anymore. They now reside 40 miles to the south of San Francisco at the end of the bay in Santa Clara. So that’s like what, 50+ miles from Oakland?

  30. scmems07 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:23 PM

    richie and antonio smith on the same team!!! oh please make this happen and please get them on hard knox, highest ratings ever!!!!

  31. thegoods24 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:23 PM

    of course you are…

  32. babygaga19 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:23 PM

    This would be a poor fit for Cognitro. The days of Oakland being the Big Bully On the Block are long, long gone.

  33. r8rsfan says: Mar 20, 2014 5:25 PM

    Too much drama – it’s about the team and winning games now, not sideshow antics and bad attitudes. Keep the cleanup in full effect Reggie.

  34. oakmeals85 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:34 PM

    Bring’m in Reggie!!!

  35. brohamma says: Mar 20, 2014 5:35 PM

    Antonio Smith is probably in the front offices at this very moment giving them the ultimatium terms if Incognito ends up out there.

  36. stoolerz says: Mar 20, 2014 5:35 PM

    Browns need him, knock some sense and toughness into Alex Mack

  37. fishyinalittledishy says: Mar 20, 2014 5:37 PM

    Never mind Ritchie were is all our free agents we have money to burn and are not spending. After last years fireworks I feel underwhelmed.

  38. brohamma says: Mar 20, 2014 5:39 PM

    On second thought, maybe what Ritchie needs is to go out there. There’s probably a very high chance that Smith, Woodley, and Tuck could get his “squared away.”

  39. raidermick3sb3rings says: Mar 20, 2014 5:41 PM

    Sign him NOW!!!!

    Late…

  40. babygaga19 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:42 PM

    with the Raiders it’s always about the sideshow. Ask the Halloween Nation.

  41. ivanpavlov0000 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:43 PM

    Funny how many ugly incidents Incognito has with his “friends”.

  42. robert831 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:50 PM

    Come to my Vikings. I would love to have this guy on my team. Him and his BF (Martin) broke up and it became a big story so what. (“I miss us” that explained everything) Dudes were lovers. I don’t care if he’s gay, straight, or whatever, he is a badass that you don’t want to cross or play against. Any team needing a guard is silly not the bring this guy in. He instantly makes a team tougher. He will also be on his best behavior for at least one year.

  43. iamkillerfin says: Mar 20, 2014 5:55 PM

    Keep him in Miami cheap since he is now rehabed!!! He knows the system & already served his sentence starter right now!!!

  44. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 20, 2014 5:56 PM

    Like Bugsy Siegel said, everybody deserves a fresh start!

  45. greg2geez says: Mar 20, 2014 5:57 PM

    Richie Incognito + A Smith = Hard Knocks record ratings

  46. qdog112 says: Mar 20, 2014 6:04 PM

    This guy should be signed to a rubber room, not a football team. Stop acting like this would be a second chance, when he’s been trouble everywhere he’s been from day one.

    10th or 12th chance not 2nd.

  47. dasmol says: Mar 20, 2014 6:05 PM

    Is he over 30?

  48. rmfp1978 says: Mar 20, 2014 6:20 PM

    RAIDERS will sign him to a contract and three days later he will be playing for the RAMS.

  49. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 20, 2014 6:30 PM

    let the man move on with his life, if you think this is the only NFL locker room with a bully or two your crazy.

  50. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 20, 2014 6:37 PM

    Martin to San Fran! Perfect fit!

  51. badmoonrison says: Mar 20, 2014 6:40 PM

    Sure, I say why not? He can only help this team. Just keep him on a short leash and definitely let him know that up front. I think he’s learned his lesson. This could be his last stop earning a fat paycheck. That would scare the heck out of me.

  52. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 20, 2014 6:44 PM

    Just win, baby….

  53. coalcreekrabbit says: Mar 20, 2014 7:04 PM

    As a Fan of Incognito… I’m willing to cheer for him on just about any team he joins. But, I’ll be proud to cheer for him as a Raider. It is a really good fit.

  54. babygaga19 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:27 PM

    Will he bring the Ferrari?

  55. radrntn says: Mar 20, 2014 8:04 PM

    sign him- 3 yr deal – 8 million

  56. somethinghappeninghere says: Mar 20, 2014 8:32 PM

    Interesting…Raiders play Dolphins this year…Incognito vs. Starks. Odrick, & Mitchell….Just wondering do Raiders play the Niners?

  57. subpop360 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:52 PM

    Aura of losing??

  58. alldonesmith says: Mar 21, 2014 3:00 AM

    Please stay away from the Bay Area, Richie. You’re not welcome here.

  59. bizzmoneyb says: Mar 21, 2014 6:06 AM

    its only so he can still hang out with Jonathan Martin!!!

  60. raiderbob56 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:47 AM

    This would be a great move, but I’m not sure we need him. We seem stacked on the O-Line, but why not? He will come cheap. As far as how he would get along with DL Antonio Smith, anyone who has ever played the game knows that you can be a fierce enemy one year and the best of friends the next, so I’m not worried. Plus half these guys have mental problems that you never hear of, that is why they do things for a living that would put you in jail in any other profession.

  61. RaiderMight says: Mar 21, 2014 9:49 AM

    Boothe just got picked up from the Giants to play Incognitos spot, left guard.

  62. MrAnchovies says: Mar 21, 2014 1:49 PM

    Everyone deserves a second chance.

  63. redsox711 says: Mar 22, 2014 8:16 AM

    Typical crappy Raider signing- has potential , lol.

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