Bills release Richie Incognito

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It took a little more than a month, but Richie Incognito got what he wanted from the Bills.

A few days after announcing his intention to retire in April, Incognito was placed on the reserve/retired list in Buffalo. Incognito then reversed course and asked the Bills to release him so that he would be free to continue his career with another team.

The Bills didn’t act on it at the time, but they announced on Monday that Incognito has been released. He immediately becomes a free agent and is eligible to sign with any team that might want to employ him.

Incognito said last month that issues with his liver and kidneys were behind his decision to retire, although the later twists and turns suggest that it may have been more about a lack of desire to play on the reduced salary he agreed to take earlier in the year. We’ll see if he finds a bigger offer somewhere else or if his willingness to play for less increases outside of Buffalo.

74 responses to “Bills release Richie Incognito

  1. Back to being his old self again. What happened to the Richie that was just grateful to have a job after the Miami incident? I liked him better.

  2. Pretty shady thing to do by Incognito… especially since the City of Buffalo took him in regardless his history.

  3. Really hope he signs with the Vikings! Guaranteed starting spot and a chance to win a Super Bowl.

    He already loves offensive line coach Tony Sparano from his time in Miami.

  4. He will always be thankful for the way Tony Dungy stepped up and helped him get back into the league after he was suspended for a year.

  5. nhpats says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    This guy will be a Patriot by the end of the week.

    And block for a washed up unhappy QB who’s on his last legs

  6. firerogergoodell says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    Really hope he signs with the Vikings! Guaranteed starting spot and a chance to win a Super Bowl.

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    Serious question here: given that the Vikings have never won a SB what would make any player think “Hey if I go to the Vikings I have a great chance to win a SB”?

  7. Reuben Klopek says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:22 pm
    nhpats says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    This guy will be a Patriot by the end of the week.

    And block for a washed up unhappy QB who’s on his last legs

    Maybe one day because father time is undefeated, but until then he remains very elite unlike whatever garbage QB/team you may have.

  8. Sporano and Spielman will get Ritchie if they want him. I like him but I don’t know if he would fit the Vikings zone blocking scheme. They are leaning toward more athletic linemen.

  9. Yes Buffalo gave him a 2nd chance and they got 3 pro-bowl seasons out of him….and didnt want to PAY him like pro bowler. You only have so many years in the league…he’s just looking for ONR more big contract. Can’t blame him for that.

  10. Reuben Klopek says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:22 pm
    nhpats says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    This guy will be a Patriot by the end of the week.

    And block for a washed up unhappy QB who’s on his last legs

    ————

    You mean the guy that threw for over 500 yards in the last game he played? You wish your QB was that “washed up”

  11. I know you all will hate this, but Richie is a candidate for the Raiders.

    Troubled, older and a renegade. Too much intrigue for Gruden to pass up.

  12. nhpats says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    This guy will be a Patriot by the end of the week

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    Did you not read the article? He is looking for a big pay day which he won’t get in NE. Reading comprehension not a need in the NE school system I guess.

  13. I hope the Bills can collect their signing bonus from him, he was already paid.

  14. nhpats says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    This guy will be a Patriot by the end of the week.

    —————-

    Umm, no. Most overrated Guard since Alan Faneca.

    What a loser, too. BB doesn’t like losers.

  15. nhpats says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:34 pm
    Reuben Klopek says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:22 pm
    nhpats says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    This guy will be a Patriot by the end of the week.

    And block for a washed up unhappy QB who’s on his last legs

    ————

    You mean the guy that threw for over 500 yards in the last game he played? You wish your QB was that “washed up

    And LOST his THIRD SB..the clown is done

  16. nhpats says:

    May 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    This guy will be a Patriot by the end of the week

    //////////////////////////

    Please child……..you say this about everyone that gets released.

  17. Richie should head the NY state sports gambling commission.

    After he graduates from charm school of course.

  18. Why on earth would he sign with NE? Play 99% of regular season, then get benched during the biggest game of the year to placate the genius ego? Hell, even Brady has had enough. Brady didn’t lose the game, the genius did.

  19. Reuben Klopek says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:22 pm
    nhpats says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    This guy will be a Patriot by the end of the week.

    And block for a washed up unhappy QB who’s on his last legs
    ——————
    Yeah, this guy only has 2-3 rings left in him tops.

  20. Not sure how many teams need offensive line help, but several teams that are hoping to develop young talent may look at him as a possible stop gap addition. Not saying I think he makes a good fit, nor retirement really in his rear view window, just that if that role could be filled by him, perhaps a team offers up a solid contract. We should know rather quickly, I suspect.

  21. Reuben Klopek says:
    And block for a washed up unhappy QB who’s on his last legs
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    If Brady is washed up,……….what on gods green earth do we call a bad QB ??
    I agree his skills will diminish somewhat with every additional year, but most of Bill B's offense is built around getting the ball out of Brady's hand in 3 sec or less. He doesn't even need a pro bowl offensive line. Just keep the dogs off him for 3 maybe 4 secs. If they can,… and he stays healthy, he might play and be effective till he's 45.

  22. Reuben Klopek says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    You mean the guy that threw for over 500 yards in the last game he played? You wish your QB was that “washed up

    And LOST his THIRD SB..the clown is done

    ……………………………………

    You mean the guy that also has 5 Super Bowl wins? Why do people let their ludicrous hatred for a player cloud their view? Brady is the best QB to ever play and the loss was 100% not his fault. His play was incredible and he is infinitely better than whatever QB you pull for.

  23. nhpats says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    This guy will be a Patriot by the end of the week.
    ——————-
    They have a decent youth movement going with their O line thats important for their future. They need to use the slots for that.

  24. Good luck to him. Good player but I get why they don’t want to pay him. They just spent last year shaving off contracts. Last thing they want is to pay a guy who may only have 1 or 2 years left. Teller is kind of in the same mode.. nasty,strong.

  25. He should come back to Miami after Mr. Ross apologizes for screwing the wrong guy. Jonathan Martin (the wasted second rounder) was the wack job … Richie was acting like a new college fraternity member.

  26. Ironic how a story about Richie Incognito ends up being a discussion about Tom Brady. Shame on you children.

  27. Guy has MAJOR ISSUES MENTALLY !!!…we’ll be reading about Ritchie in a few years…..He”ll be found In a corn field…sucking a double barrel..With No Head !!!!

  28. webster8723 says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    In other news… I didn’t know Tony Sparano still had a job in the NFL. How is that possible??
    ………
    So the “other news” is that you weren’t aware that Sparano still worked in the NFL? It’s likely possible, that like most fans, you can only name the O-line coach on your favorite team. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  29. Reuben Klopek says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    And LOST his THIRD SB..the clown is done
    —————————-
    Do you mean he has made it there 3 more times than just the 5 he has won? Then isn’t that like half his career has resulted in getting to the Superbowl? AND winning 5 of 8? Wow. Just Wow. Thats the greatest of all time for ya. Whats the second most times a single QB has made it to the SB? Because most of them, even other top ones, fall short of getting there a lot. Anyone even close to making it 8 times?

  30. Guy gets such a bad rep for his attitude and mistakes many yrs ago. The ignorance of so many people. At least the fans of his last teams(Bills & Dolphins) know the truth.

  31. How typical. Try to be nice and all that happens is more drama is started for doing so. Makes it tough to be nice to people who only smack you for being kind and forgave him for all his faults too. But he’s done now. I think it’s a good move to just cut ties. The organization doesn’t need this kind of bs in it.

  32. nhpats says:
    May 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    This guy will be a Patriot by the end of the week.

    —————————————————————

    Ok, you got the attention you crave.

  33. Love the carnival barker above who took a swipe at NE’s public schools. The schools in MA and CT are by far the best in the country.

  34. I wish he would go play in Canada and wind up on the same team with Colin Kaepernick. I’d love to see him rip Kaepernick the way he did Johnathon Martin!

  35. The NFL should do what’s right and return Ritchie to Miami. He got such a bum deal from that bullygate BS. Jonathan Martin is a disgrace to football and humanity.

  36. He cited organ failure.. maybe it was the one between his ears…B’lo and our fan base embraced him when we was not welcome anywhere else.
    From incognito to persona nongrata to pro bowl teammate…sayonara…meathead!

  37. This guy is a beast, regardless of the people who want to slander him. NE would never sign him because he’s too tough. They couldn’t handle having a real man on the team. Billy only wants betas who follow his system exactly and are too scared to speak up. That’s why Tommy boy is his poster child. Fits the system perfectly.

  38. charger383 says:
    May 21, 2018 at 8:35 pm
    I like him because of the people he upsets

    ***********************

    Gee, let me guess, you’re also a fan of the current POTUS? That’s ok, because the irony is that his idiocy is most detrimental to his average supporter. Within an election or two, you won’t be able to afford bus fare to the polling station.

  39. Laremy Tunsil needs a foot up his backside to wake him up in Miami,maybe Cogs can work his magic on Tunsil like he did to snowflake Martin

  40. Good run with the Bills but his play definitely fell off last year. I know he made the Pro Bowl but that was more to do with lazy voting. There is a reason he was asked to (and did) take a paycut. Tape don’t lie. I don’t think he will get that one more big payday he is looking for.

  41. He can still play and was one of the best in the NFL. There’s a reason why the Bills running game has been so good. As a Patriots fan, I know he could help and he Patriots already have so many former Bills.

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