Super Bowl Sunday will mark the one-year anniversary of the Bills plucking guard Richie Incognito off the scrap heap and signing him to their roster, a move that worked out well for both sides.
Incognito got a chance to return to the field after being drummed out of Miami in the wake of bullying allegations from Jonathan Martin and played well enough that General Manager Doug Whaley said Incognito had not looked as good for five or six years. The Bills got that play at a low price due to the lack of other interest in Incognito, something that Incognito’s play will make it hard to replicate in 2016.
Incognito is set to hit the open market and is due for a nice salary bump as a result of his 2015 performance. Incognito said on “The John Murphy Show” on WGR 550 that he wants that bump to come in a new deal with the Bills.
“I’m anxious. I’m anxious to see what happens,” Incognito said. “My goal is to come back and play in Buffalo. I love it there. I love my teammates and I love playing for coach Rex and Greg Roman. I really think that my personality and my hard work approach and physical nature really resembles the spirit of Buffalo. A blue collar town and a bunch of hard working people up there, and they just want to win. That’s my number one goal is just to win and restore the glory of Buffalo. I hope it all works out and I hope I’m back there real soon.”
Whaley called re-signing Incognito a top priority for the offseason. He said the same about left tackle Cordy Glenn while discussing the “restrictive” cap situation the team has heading into the offseason, which likely means that it will take some maneuvering with the current roster before Incognito’s anxiety about a new deal can be put to rest.