The Denver Broncos are firing on all cylinders as it stands, except for on their ground game. They currently rank 25th in the league in yards per attempt, and 26th in yards per attempt. They’ve been shuffling their offensive line forever in their attempts to address the glaring problems. Just this past Sunday, their O-line was completely reshuffled, having moved All-Pro guard Louis Vasquez to tackle, center Manny Ramirez to guard, and started Will Montgomery at center for the first time this year. In short: they’re desperate.
Enter, Richie Incognito. On Monday, the Broncos hosted Incognito for workouts, in an attempt to bring in some veteran talent to help their offensive line woes. If Incognito were still able to play even close to how well he was playing last season, it would be an enormous improvement to the Broncos’s current state of affairs. However, after a day’s worth of workouts the Broncos have decided to pass – for now– on signing Incognito for the remainder of the season, who hasn’t played for over a year at this point.
It’s been a very long time since we last saw Incognito playing in the NFL. He was suspended last season after last season’s Week 8 reports emerged about his harassment and bullying of fellow teammate Jonathan Martin. The CBA only allowed for a four-game ban, but as more and more information came out about the incident, Incognito became increasingly toxic to the Dolphins, to the point where the Dolphins paid Incognito out for the remainder of the season to sit. And finally, in February this year, the results of the NFL-commissioned independent investigation were released, and they revealed Incognito to be about as toxic as it gets.
However, talent speaks more volumes than behavior in most sports league, especially in the NFL, where talent is hard to come by and is also easily injured. What you cost, and how good you can play, trump behavior and decency completely in the NFL. Incognito is, at least in theory, still a good football player. At the time of his suspension, he was generally regarded by football analysts as one of the best guards in the league. However, Incognito just can’t find work these days in the NFL – nobody wants him, despite a handful of teams kicking his tires since his reinstatement in August. Reportedly, Incognito has worked out for both the Chiefs and the Buccaneers, and in both cases the teams decided not to pursue action to bring him on board, according to Jay Glazer.
Incognito, 31, isn’t getting any younger, and his redemption contract, which will likely be prorated to reflect the remaining number of games in the season, will be relatively cheap. He’s missed training camp, ten weeks of the regular season, and most likely isn’t in tip-top form. He’ll likely be a playoff pickup, because even someone as dumb and toxic as Incognito is couldn’t possibly divide and destroy a locker room within the small number of months he’d be around for anyway.
There’s no doubt that he would have been signed by a team long ago were it not for last season’s controversy in Miami. If it weren’t for Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson, Ray McDonald, and the other scandals in the NFL this year, he’d probably have a job already. Though none of them are in the family of Incognito’s indiscretions, they still all go into the NFL’s reactionary sensitivity designed to reclaim whatever moral high ground it never had in the first place. If Incognito can’t catch on to a team like the Broncos – a playoff-bound team, with a stable lockerroom, that desperately needs to establish a ground game to be truly competitive in the playoff landscape, which is their one glaring weakness – it’s hard to see Incognito catching on anywhere else in the league.
from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page http://ift.tt/1EC29VP