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Should the Vikings even consider signing Richie Incognito?

After bullying issues in Miami and a pending investigation for using a racial slur, should the Vikings even take a look?

There is legitimate concern among Vikings fans regarding the state of the offensive line going into OTA’s this week. The Vikings did not draft an offensive lineman in the first round of this year’s draft and the lineman they drafted in the second round is lean and needs to add strength and as a result, may not be ready to start at the beginning of this season.

Enter Richie Incognito. After deciding to retire earlier in the offseason, Incognito has reversed course and decided to give it a go for 2018 and on Monday, the Buffalo Bills released Incognito from their reserve/retired list, making him a free agent.

The Vikings still need starting caliber depth on the offensive line and OL coach Tony Sparano has a history with Incognito from their days in Miami. It would make sense for them to take a look at a player like Incognito but with his baggage, is it worth it?

A Pro-Bowler in three of his seasons with Buffalo, Incognito will be remembered by most for his part in the bizarre 2013 bullying scandal in Miami with then teammate Jonathan Martin. He missed the entire 2014 season after the fallout and signed with Buffalo in 2015, where he has been starting, getting along with teammates and playing well ever since.

Also, at the time of his “retirement”, Incognito was being investigated by the NFL for using a racial slur in the Bill’s playoff game. The accusation coming via an instagram post by Jacksonville defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue.

Instead of asking if Incognito is worth it, maybe a better question to ask is can the offensive lineman currently on this roster play well enough to allow the team to reach their lofty goals? At this point it seems possible but unlikely. He is no choirboy but Richie Incognito might be better than the options the Vikings will find off of the training camp cut scrap heap. At 34 years old, he will only be looking for a one-year deal and the team could cut him lose during camp if it isn’t working out, personality wise.

The Vikings have not shied away from signing players with character concerns the past few years. Their coaching staff should know more about this player’s issues than most and we will learn a lot from their interest, or lack there of, in Incognito.

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Tyler Haag

Tyler Haag enjoys writing and talking about sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings. He co-hosts Bleeding Purple Podcast and spends too much time on twitter.

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  1. Not likely with reports of him being detained by police today. I would like to see them try to get Kendricks in here now that Philly released him though. They need some depth at LB and if they can get him on a two year deal it would be great insurance for Barr potentially leaving after the season.

    1. He wants a “full-time” (70% or more of defensive snaps) job, and we just don’t have that many snaps to offer him, not with playing with three or more cornerbacks two-thirds of every game. The base defenses in the league are now essentially 4-2-5 or 3-3-5 for more than half of each game, not the traditional 4-3-4 or 3-4-4 defenses of the last 50 years.

  2. Yeah its gotten worse for this guy ~ May he has taken one to many blows to the old head ~

    Richie Incognito held for psychiatric evaluation in Florida
    5/23/2018 12:55:26 PM
    Richie Incognito was involved in an altercation with another man at an upscale Florida gym with the alleged victim claiming Incognito threw a dumbbell at him and police were called, TMZ reports.

    Multiple sources said the 4-time Pro Bowl lineman was working out early Wednesday morning when he got into it with another guy who was working out.

    We spoke with the alleged victim who tells us Incognito first threw a tennis ball at him for no reason — before grabbing a dumbbell and heaving that as well.

    The alleged victim says Incognito was rambling about the government and screaming at the man to “get off my f*cking playground.”

    Law enforcement confirms cops were called to the gym and met with Incognito.

    Incognito was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold to be evaluated. It’s essentially the equivalent of a 5150 in California. It’s technically not an arrest — but a forced mental evaluation.d.

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  3. You can find some decent gems of “the training cap scrap heap!” It may be just the place to find very good support players for the Vikings and others.