The bullying saga involving Miami Dolphins starting guard Richie Incognito and second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has been filled with many layers, and it’s become increasingly clear that Incognito’s off-field troubles, temper, and generally boorish behavior are starting to catch up with him. There are several people who are defending Incognito, but their defense looks foolish in the face of a profanity-laced voicemail, mandatory meetings at strip clubs organized by Incognito, and an incident involving sexual harrasment and a golf club.
It’s been a crazy story all-around, and it is almost impossible to envision Richie Incognito playing another snap for the Miami Dolphins, let alone for any team in the NFL. In fact, the Miami Herald’s Adam H. Beasley reported that the Dolphins were considering releasing Incognito this past offseason before finally deciding on keeping the veteran guard. Had the Dolphins depth on the offensive line been better (they have extremely little depth and generally low talent on the line), the Dolphins would have most likely cut ties with him.
Beasley states that the Dolphins “were not inclined to bring him back” when discussing this past offseason whether or not they would keep Incognito beyond this season. Incognito is on an expiring contract, and it’s safe to say that his time in Miami will expire during the free agent period at the very latest. They will most likely just get rid of him now, because he’s far too much of a headcase. Look past last year’s Pro Bowl selection, because Incognito was incredibly undeserving. He was about an average player last season and is much better than the Dolphins backups, but it’s not worth keeping him unless we receive enough new information to overturn the bullying allegations. After all, Incognito has a huge reputation for being among the league’s dirtiest players, and now there’s the report that the Dolphins weren’t all that interested in keeping him anyway.