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Buccaneers bringing in Incognito for a visit, possibly more

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The Buccaneers aren’t interested in Richie Incognito.

Unless they are.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Bucs are bringing Incognito in for a visit. If all goes well, he’ll be offered a job.

Coach Lovie Smith recently hinted that, if the team had any interest in Incognito, he already would have been in for a visit.  But crappy performances from the team’s current crop of interior offensive lineman apparently has caused Smith and G.M. Jason Licht to revisit the situation.

For Incognito, it’s the first serious look he’s gotten since receiving a suspension from the Dolphins that lasted for the balance of the 2013 season.

The 31-year-old Incognito made it to the Pro Bowl in 2012. The league office may attempt to impose further discipline on Incognito. The NFLPA likely would resist, based on the argument that separate punishments for the same offense can’t be imposed by the team and the league.

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67 Responses to “Buccaneers bringing in Incognito for a visit, possibly more”
  1. bencoates57 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:11 AM

    “Possibly more”? What a cheese headline.

  2. patriots123456 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:12 AM

    Good I think he got the shaft in Miami…

  3. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 25, 2014 11:16 AM

    Surprised the Giants haven’t had him in for a visit.

  4. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 25, 2014 11:16 AM

    Bring in a new coach while you’re at it.

  5. miamatt says: Aug 25, 2014 11:21 AM

    Richie may be a meat-head jerk, but there are guys who have done far worse and continue to play in the NFL. Incognito is still an above average guard, and he didn’t hurt Miami with unsportsmanlike penalties on gameday, as he did with other teams early in his career.

    The Bucs would do well to sign him.

  6. rrhoe says: Aug 25, 2014 11:21 AM

    Good pickup…..

  7. newtoallthis23 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:21 AM

    More like thrown under the bus. Look what that coach got in Minnesota.

  8. pthepro49 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:22 AM

    The last I saw of this dude he was smashing in his Ferrari. Nutt Case!

  9. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Aug 25, 2014 11:22 AM

    Outside of Martin, the line in Miami clearly loved the guy. I don’t see this being a problem, particularly given the sad state of affairs at guard for the Bucs.

  10. rdstpa2 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:24 AM

    Lets get him. He can help the team. Bucs coaches and players will keep him in line.

  11. icebergsimpson says: Aug 25, 2014 11:25 AM

    Bring him in, Lovie! We need all the help we can get to protect Old Man McCown.

  12. whysomanylosers says: Aug 25, 2014 11:27 AM

    Short leash and a team friendly contract… get er done.

  13. peytons5head says: Aug 25, 2014 11:28 AM

    The 49ers should look into signing him. Him an or johnthan martin tag teaming again

  14. squinn21 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:28 AM

    Still a solid player. Players have done a hell of a lot worse.

  15. indytom87 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:30 AM

    Judge Smails to Incognito: “Well, the world needs ditch diggers too”.

  16. kneelbeforesod says: Aug 25, 2014 11:30 AM

    Would be a better fit in Atlanta, since they lack backbone.

  17. nfloracle says: Aug 25, 2014 11:30 AM

    Ritchie deserves another chance. I’m amazed someone hasn’t signed him already.

  18. cranialdisturbance says: Aug 25, 2014 11:31 AM

    I would like all 5 of my O linemen to be “bullies”.

  19. 700levelvet says: Aug 25, 2014 11:31 AM

    Hell.. He should be in the league and the head of the players union… They know the deal… Not the media with their opinions

  20. scmems07 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:34 AM

    He deserves to be in the nfl, he was a scapegoat for the media. while all his teammates both current and past were sticking up for him the media made him to be worse than Hernandez. Guy is a pro bowl guard, shouldn’t have taken this long to get him on a team.

  21. iman62 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:34 AM

    Too bad he didn’t knock his girlfriend out, would of got off easier.

    Say what you want, he’s still a solid guard.

  22. wferg1121 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:36 AM

    I thought the Giants should have signed him. First of all everyone knew he was going to get a second chance.. Why not the Giants? He could play the “changed man” card. I know the Giants have John Jerry, but Icognito is an upgrade. Sure he would be a story, but how many stories can these guys right. A bigger story that can be written every week is that the Giants O-line had massive changes and they still suck. You can write that story every week. Right now the offensive line doesn’t look better than last years team, even with Schwartz in there.

  23. onbucky96 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:37 AM

    SHENANNAGINS! Jay Glazer is hardly impartial here, Incognito works out, or did, at Glazer’s MMA gym.

  24. seatownballers says: Aug 25, 2014 11:38 AM

    Good pick up. They need him

  25. jkulha86 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:43 AM

    If guys who assault their spouses, murder someone while intoxicated, and drug addicts can get a second chance, there is no reason why Incognito shouldn’t get a second chance.

  26. bassplucker says: Aug 25, 2014 11:45 AM

    They must be beyond desperate. This guy will test Lovie like he’s never been tested before.

  27. doe22us says: Aug 25, 2014 11:46 AM

    Incognito had a history with the Rams on of course with the Dolphins. To deny someone of their livelihood when others have done far worse is a little bit steep. Hopefully someone gives him a chance.

  28. kevinb73 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:48 AM

    Bucs O-line is so bad. Please scoop this guy up. We need all the help we can get. Even if he’s had issues in the past, people can change and if anyone can keep him in line, it would be Lovie.

  29. flmike says: Aug 25, 2014 11:52 AM

    If he can solidify that line, do it, between Lovie and the teams leaders V.Jackson, McCoy, David and Goldson, I’m sure any locker room shenanigans will be tempered..

  30. hashbrownricky says: Aug 25, 2014 11:53 AM

    I gotta bad feelin if we sign him he’s gonna kill our coach during one of his “moments”

  31. @Cereal_22 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:54 AM

    ESPN is outraged

  32. msc4realeagles says: Aug 25, 2014 11:54 AM

    Why didn’t they bring him in 3-4 weeks ago I think is the bigger question.

  33. fast34me says: Aug 25, 2014 11:54 AM

    Pounceys get a pass, Rice gets two games, Smith, oh he needs help, Irsay? nothing…. Richie got a pc lynching for whiny mamma’s boy who’s too soft to play the game…. Richie should be playing and Martin should be teaching school somewhere.

  34. shakespeare22 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:54 AM

    Players can smoke weed a couple hours before a game – beat up their girlfriends – force themselves on co-eds – drive drunk and kill teammates but don’t you dare bully someone because you’ll be blacklisted.

  35. swampcannons says: Aug 25, 2014 11:55 AM

    Gotta love the jets blowhard that says we need a new HC. So you think Rex Ryan sets the bar huh? If Buffalo is a dumpster then jersey is the landfill. Looking forward to seeing your team implode yet again loser.

  36. onlysane1intheroom says: Aug 25, 2014 11:55 AM

    Free Incognito!

  37. rayjay9393 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:56 AM

    solid pick

  38. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Aug 25, 2014 12:00 PM

    If Vick’s still welcome in the league, Incognito should be too.

  39. bassplucker says: Aug 25, 2014 12:01 PM

    Or, they could wait till all the other teams cut down to their 53 and pick up a guy who will be younger, cheaper, not have the baggage and be just as good as Ritchie is at this point in his career.

  40. bucfanforlife says: Aug 25, 2014 12:03 PM

    hell yeah about time, every oline needs a nasty or two sign him and start him he is easily a top fifteen or better guard in the nfl

  41. pakddy4life says: Aug 25, 2014 12:05 PM

    The packers should bring Richie in for a visit. Ted Thompson believes in giving players with a troubled history second chances. They need help now more then ever, with JC Tretter out multiple weeks and Don Barclay out for the season.

  42. cheapglazers says: Aug 25, 2014 12:06 PM

    Suspended twice in NCAA, got out of being arrested twice in NFL, and cut from team after Bullying extreme racism and death treats to a teammate! He’ll fit in! We need to get Talib and Blount back!

  43. tvjules says: Aug 25, 2014 12:11 PM

    Lloyd Christmas: “So, you’re sayin’ there’s a chance?!!”

  44. annes22 says: Aug 25, 2014 12:20 PM

    I don’t blame the Bucs looking at him. He did a good job with the Dolphins in his playing, his behavior was a little strange, and god knows what was going on with Jonathon Martin. I wish the Dolphins would have taken him back, but that can’t happen now. I like Ritchie so good luck to him, there are plenty worse than him out there in the NFL.

  45. cannonballdookie says: Aug 25, 2014 12:23 PM

    He’s a far superior player to Jonathan Martin who’s surprisingly in the running for a starting job on a contending 49ers team.
    Someone needs to give him a shot.

  46. codythao35 says: Aug 25, 2014 12:27 PM

    Doesn’t matter who they bring in 5-10 team and picking top 10 next year.

  47. cosmicconvoy says: Aug 25, 2014 12:30 PM

    Richie improves the OL and that’s what matters.

    He’s desperate for a contract; I envy the Bucs.

  48. bostonbadass says: Aug 25, 2014 12:32 PM

    He’s just been Really Incognito about his bullying in the off season but he’s now ready to show the NFL he can do it even better in Tampa. ……

    Go Ritchie Go……

    Free the Incognito.

  49. brokebackbrees says: Aug 25, 2014 12:36 PM

    Sign that man! Bucs line looked a bit better vs Bills, but that guard position needs some serious work. Good job at running Joseph out of town, really smart.

  50. uglydingo says: Aug 25, 2014 12:36 PM

    Talented player but buyer beware. He is probably a sociopath. There is a reason why he has been kicked off every team in college and the NFL. The Dolphins thought his behavior was under control and he was a team leader and then found out the extent of his bullying.
    Tampa Bay will have him on a short leash and he may do well, but there is probably a serious mental health issue.

  51. larams2016 says: Aug 25, 2014 12:51 PM

    He’s suffered enough. Give him a chance. Put him on a short leash.

  52. bringbucsback says: Aug 25, 2014 12:59 PM

    I, and most of Tampa, are thrilled with the Lovie higher. However, his and Licht’s handling of the O-line has been downright fool-hardy!

    This squad had a bad year last year and needed some attention but, before ever seeing them on the field L & L released two former pro-bowler, in Joseph & Penn and traded Zuttah, who is at least an average NFL lineman that plays both C/G. They knew G Hicks would never play again and they still waited to replace the guards with two late-middle round picks.

    Now, Joseph is starting in St. Louis, Penn in Oakland, Zuttah in Baltimore and even Larsen on his team. The veterans they brought-in, Collins & Dietrich-Smith have not impressed. (Explicative!!)
    The Chicago fans told us Lovie doesn’t know O-line & QB’s, I hope they’re wrong, but I can’t argue them on this point, at this point. (Explicative!!!)

  53. gofor2with3pointlead says: Aug 25, 2014 1:01 PM

    Of course a Pats fan would think Incognito got the shaft. If the Buc’s do sign Incognito, it’s only a matter of time before he’ll be on the Pat’s roster, oh that’s right Schiano is’nt there to cut players anymore so the Patriots can pick them up for nothing.

  54. ryanbaker0303 says: Aug 25, 2014 1:01 PM

    The Bucs need a dirty, big, mean and nasty SOB on their line. Richie fits the bill.

  55. AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Aug 25, 2014 1:08 PM

    Even if they sign him and IF he still has gas in the tank, this is a bad sign. Offensive lines take a long time to get cohesion; you can’t create that in the two weeks we have left before the regular season.

  56. bucandball says: Aug 25, 2014 1:10 PM

    As said above, much worse offenses are routinely forgiven. Wonder how long it will take him to be ready to play? Not too worried about a recurrence of his “problem”. Likely he will be grateful for the second chance and do well. Plus, the rest of the team will be watching for any inappropriate behavior and stop it before it starts. Bucs just need another piece or two to be contenders. Tough schedule, though.

  57. dolphins512 says: Aug 25, 2014 1:11 PM

    Dolphins fan here…..

    Incognito can play and hope the Bucs give him a legit shot at the team.

    Most Fin fans feel he got a raw deal last year in Miami.

  58. swampcannons says: Aug 25, 2014 1:23 PM


    The problem is that you listen to Chicago fans. The vast majority on here are like bitter, jaded ex-girlfriends who can’t get over it. After seeing them vs Seattle the other night I’m not really impressed. Lovie isn’t the best coach out there but he’s far from the worst. Funny they never mention the owners, the GM, and the horrible OCs over the years for their lack of winning. The Bucs D is getting back to the D of old. We’ll enjoy Lovie in TB and Chicago can enjoy being 3rd-4th best in the NFCN.

  59. skawh says: Aug 25, 2014 1:34 PM

    I’m bummed Seattle didn’t snatch him up. What took so long? Who cares he’s wired like a meathead, the guy can play.

  60. pslbucfan says: Aug 25, 2014 1:37 PM

    Why didn’t they bring him in 3-4 weeks ago I think is the bigger question.

    I’m guessing they were kicking the tires on a possible trade for Alex Boone and when that didn’t happen, went this route. This would be good for Incognito and the Bucs. They need help at Guard (badly) and Incognito needs another chance. Bonus for the Bucs is that they can get a quality Lineman on the cheap. C’mon to Tampa Richie.

  61. pantherfan40 says: Aug 25, 2014 1:38 PM

    bfb bfb bfb

    bottem feeding bucs, there always going to be on the bottem

  62. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Aug 25, 2014 1:45 PM

    I’m no fan of Incognito, but enough is enough.

    The guy made the Pro Bowl in his last full season. He paid a heavy price. He’s the only person involved in the scandal that doesn’t have a job.

    There are people active in the league that have done far worse. It’s time to give the man a shot to get his career back.

  63. FinFan68 says: Aug 25, 2014 1:47 PM

    Incognito is a meathead and a hothead, but he got shafted in that media-driven drama. The investigation seemed thorough but there were plenty of areas that needed further exploration. To many “why” questions went unasked. His behavior was bad but not nearly as bad as some in the league who didn’t even merit a suspension.

    On the field, he was a gamer for Miami. He played well and did not get the dumb penalties he was known to get on previous teams. Tampa should sign him and not even think twice about it.

  64. JaminJake says: Aug 25, 2014 1:52 PM

    Was Incognito a jerk to Martin? Yes

    Does Martin strike me as the type of person who would not respond rather than telling someone his feelings? Yes

    Give Cognito another chance. What happened in Miami was a break down in communication. That could have happened in any locker room. I DO NOT CONDONE HOW INCOGNITO ACTED, but sometimes people can’t tell how their actions effect someone. I’m sure everyone has had a relationship where they pushed too far and the person finally snaps. If people can’t communicate their feelings, these things happen.

    I’d gladly accept Incognito on the Broncos as long as he knew he wasn’t going to operate as he did in Miami.

  65. daringhart13 says: Aug 25, 2014 3:11 PM

    How is Johnathan Martin doing these days?

  66. jjackwagon says: Aug 25, 2014 3:26 PM

    There are at least 15 teams in the league that would upgrade their O-line by signing this guy. Especially if it was a team friendly deal.

  67. ldavid69 says: Aug 26, 2014 5:33 AM

    Beating a woman only gets 2 games. What a joke.

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