Richie Incognito’s NFL career isn’t quite finished.
The Pro Bowl offensive guard decided to retire from the NFL earlier this offseason, which led to the Buffalo Bills placing him on the reserve/retired list. However, Incognito has since expressed his desire to keep playing, and the Bills have now released him.
With Incognito now free to sign with any team, he’ll be one of the more coveted free agents left on the market. It just so happens he plays a position that the Bengals desperately need another body at.
After being out of football in 2014 due largely to his role in the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal, Incognito signed with the Bills in 2015, and he’s been one of the NFL’s best guards ever since.
Incognito was named to Pro Football Focus’ First-Quarter All-Pro Team in 2017, and he finished the season with an 80.5 grade, the 12th-best among NFL guards.
The problem with Incognito is he’ll be 35 when the 2018 season begins, so he’s far from being a long-term solution to the Bengals’ right guard woes. Then again, he’d be a dramatic upgrade over Trey Hopkins, Christian Westerman and Alex Redmond, even if it’s for only a season.
If the Bengals are serious about making a playoff run in 2018 after keeping more of their core intact, then they should look into Incognito. An offensive line of Cordy Glenn, Clint Boling, Billy Price, Incognito and Jake Fisher has some real promise.
And lest we forget Incognito is a former Bill, who the Bengals have been swapping players and picks with throughout this offseason. It only seems right for the Bengals of all teams to sign Incognito.
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