Richie Incognito “absolutely not” changing his mind about retirement

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It looks like the Bills are going to need a new left guard this season.

Rumblings that Richie Incognito was contemplating retirement were followed quickly by Incognito telling Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News that he’s done in the NFL because of health concerns that include the state of his liver and kidneys. Carucci has shared more from his conversation with Incognito, who says he is “absolutely not” changing his mind about retiring.

The earliest report of Incognito’s retirement thoughts came from Peter King of SI.com, who added that Incognito might return for the right deal. Incognito agreed to a pay cut earlier this offseason, which he told Carucci “pisses me the f off” but said his retirement decision was unrelated to contract matters.

Incognito said he’s spoken to Bills owner Terry Pegula, coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane about his decision and called it “time to move on” from a career that started with the Rams in 2005.

37 responses to “Richie Incognito “absolutely not” changing his mind about retirement

  1. I’m not going to make fun of him if he has liver and kidney ailments. No one should. But the league is a little better off without him. Not because of his talent level, but because of his classlessness. I hope his body heals, if it is broken, but I won’t miss him at all.

    Now the real question is why is Richie Incognito warranting 3 stories for his retirement?

  2. Without knowing what really happened between Martin and himself I won’t speculate myself but dude when vital organs are cause of concerns its best to step away and enjoy the life you have NOW. We all want warrior gladiators playing the game but at 53 years of age I have seen these men become shells of themselves and some died early in retirement from CTE. Make peace with Jon, he too seems to have some issues that need to be addressed. Life is here and gone as fast as the seasons change.

  3. Oh Please Richie, Please! At least ponder changing your mind for a while so we can all have something to look forward to.

  4. The guy had an eventful NFL career….yes he was loud and rough but he got a raw deal in Miami. It was great to see him become a all-pro guard for Buffalo and restore hs reputation a little. Get healthy Richie!

  5. Whoever said this guy had a bad reputation? The whole “bullied an nfl player” was just silly. And most of us knew it was BS the whole time. There was never anything wrong with Richie. Typical professional player.

  6. I never thought I’d say it, but I was rooting for him on his comeback after the Jonathan Martin incident. The court of public opinion is quick to make up its mind, but I think he got a raw deal over the incident. And after Martin’s recent stuff, I’m even more convinced. Congrats on a successful career.

  7. Now, we don’t need a QB. We have a lot of holes to fill with Woods gone Incognito gone Brown gone….need Wide out, LB’s, D is getting old, ie Williams etc, . Point being …Why do we need to move up and grab an unproven QB. We have two… and I think they could do as well as anyone coming out of the draft! To move up and get a QB would cost way to much! What a waste of picks!

  8. Cogs was a REAL football player, old school, not like the millennial generation of today. He should have played in the 70s and 80s when the NFL was a REAL football league. Today the NFL is a shell of itself. And NO, I can care less about the concussions and safety issues. These players CHOOSE to play, no one is forcing them to play. They do it in exchange for MILLIONS of dollars. Police, fire, military won’t make that money their entire careers and all of them could not come back on any given night. You worried about concussions, go work in an office.

  9. It’s a disgrace to read a few of your ignorant responses. At least most of the posters are knowledgeable. How many time in the past 5 years has this guy done anything wrong? Sure he made some when he was young and just entering the league. How many of us in our early 20s didn’t? A few bar fights and a cpl hits after the whistle hits. Really? Some of you people need to get a life. He kept his nose clean and was a class act while in Miami & Buffalo. Played the game hard and right. Was responsible for more community help and fundraising then any Dolphin while there.

    Thanks RI for gritty play. It was a pleasure to watch you on Sundays.

  10. If Richie Icongnito is having liver and kidney problems he definitely needs to retire. In the ’90s, there was a rash of kidney transplants occurring among NBA players, apparently caused at least in part by overuse of OTC pain medication.

    God speed. Richie–we hope retirement treats you at least as kindly as it
    has Conrad Dobler

  11. Loved having him on the Fins, A real old school gritty player. People that keep saying he was dirty etc, When??? When he 1st came into the league in his early 20s? All he has done with Miami and with Buffalo is strap it up week after week and get after it. Shame to see him retire but best of luck to him and his health.

  12. It’s a disgrace to read a few of your ignorant responses. At least most of the posters are knowledgeable. How many time in the past 5 years has this guy done anything wrong? Sure he made some when he was young and just entering the league. How many of us in our early 20s didn’t? A few bar fights and a cpl hits after the whistle hits. Really? Some of you people need to get a life. He kept his nose clean and was a class act while in Miami & Buffalo. Played the game hard and right. Was responsible for more community help and fundraising then any Dolphin while there.

    Thanks RI for gritty play. It was a pleasure to watch you on Sundays.

    Well said !!! Well said !!!

  13. qtrotti says:
    April 10, 2018 at 1:55 pm
    Cogs was a REAL football player, old school, not like the millennial generation of today. He should have played in the 70s and 80s when the NFL was a REAL football league. Today the NFL is a shell of itself. And NO, I can care less about the concussions and safety issues. These players CHOOSE to play, no one is forcing them to play. They do it in exchange for MILLIONS of dollars. Police, fire, military won’t make that money their entire careers and all of them could not come back on any given night. You worried about concussions, go work in an office.
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    Nothing against Richie, but how is he any different from his current generation of players? He, likewise, isn’t being forced to play. He’s also playing in exchange for millions of dollars and has the viable option of early retirement. Again, how is he old school?

  14. garyeyee says:
    April 10, 2018 at 1:52 pm
    Now, we don’t need a QB. We have a lot of holes to fill with Woods gone Incognito gone Brown gone….need Wide out, LB’s, D is getting old, ie Williams etc, . Point being …Why do we need to move up and grab an unproven QB. We have two… and I think they could do as well as anyone coming out of the draft! To move up and get a QB would cost way to much! What a waste of picks!

    ———–

    Correct you are! Trading up, i.e., more picks for fewer, on this crappy crop of QBs is idiocy given their situation.

    They don’t have a single OL-man or anyone in the Front-7 that’s above average. They have one average WR in Benjamin who has health/injury issues. McCoy’s living on borrowed time.

    Take a QB at 22 tops w/o trading up, or at 56th otherwise. Take Edmunds who will transform the defensive side for years to come.

  15. When I first heard about this, and heard Richie’s comments, I just thought he sounded like a guy who needs professional mental help. But the more I think about it, I’m thinking he knows he failed a test, and he’s going to run off and play the victim. Now that’s the Richie we all know and love.

  16. who got the raw deal when he went after the woman with a golf club at a charity event?

    who got the raw deal when he classlessly and racially repeatedly harassed a fellow player who was obviously sensitive down in Miami?

    who got the raw deal last season when he used another racist epithet on a player with an obviously African-based name?

    it is sickening how these apologists defend a middling player who excelled only at being trash;

    too bad he’s ill now but chances are he did it to himself with PEDs like Alzado and Romanowski and other low-foreheaded players before him;

    it is hard to find much sympathy for someone who obviously had very little compassion for players who didn’t look like him and talk like him;

    shows being All-Pro today amounts to little more than a political campaign;

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