Raiders, Richie Incognito Eyeing Extension

Richie Incognito‘s return from a second full season away from football has gone well. The veteran guard has helped revitalize the Raiders’ offensive line, despite being a mid-offseason pickup.

Although Incognito is the NFL’s oldest active guard at 36, the Raiders do not want this to be a one-year partnership. The team would like to extend Incognito for the 2020 season, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports (subscription required). Incognito would prefer that as well.

The sides have discussed the parameters of a deal, per Tafur, but since Incognito signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum in late May, NFL rules stipulate he cannot re-sign with the Raiders until 2020. A re-up would surely result in a raise for the veteran blocker, considering he’s making barely $1MM this season.

Incognito missed the Raiders’ first two games due to a suspension but has thrived since. The former Rams, Dolphins and Bills blocker grades as Pro Football Focus’ No. 8 overall guard. Taking over Kelechi Osemele‘s former post, Incognito has helped Josh Jacobs (923 yards, 4.8 per carry) become perhaps the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year favorite and keep Derek Carr clean. Football Outsiders’ chief run-blocking metric, adjusted line yards, rates the Raiders fourth; Oakland’s 15 sacks allowed ranks second in the league.

Should Incognito make the Pro Bowl, it would make him the oldest guard to be honored as such since Bruce Matthews and Ray Brown 18 years ago. While Incognito’s polarizing past and suspension history makes him far from a sure bet, Tafur adds the Raiders have been pleased with him as a locker room leader during this 6-4 start. Jon Gruden called the player most associated with the 2013 Bullygate scandal a “steadying force” for the team.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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    • trident

      I mean…who wouldn’t want to remove their dead father’s head for research purposes? Just a simple misunderstanding.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I asked my kids if they would do this for me and they just laughed and said there was nothing in my head that would interest anybody.

        • Okay, that’s really funny!
          Thanks to you (and your kids) for the Saturday morning chuckle.

          • crosseyedlemon

            I’m trying to decide if making them watch the Bears offense is an appropriate punishment for their lack of respect.

    • highplainsdriftr

      Yeah. Sad when an organization provides a stable place for somebody with past mental health issues to succeed

      • crosseyedlemon

        The Raiders are just trying to provide the same service as the White House in Washington.

  1. crosseyedlemon

    That pic of Richie has to be a photoshop job. He can’t possibly look that trim and fit. He looks like Chippendale material if the Raiders don’t reup.

  2. sports is life

    You are a beaut, probably an overweight know it all couch potato casting judgement!!!

    Mental illness is no different than cancer, the only difference is the way jack wagons in our society react to it . The pancreas with diabetes, or any other organ. But you just bring the typical basher, have that conversations with your kids

    • JoeBrady

      I’ve seen it before. Poor kid in HS got no sympathy from his first HS when the wiring went bad. Had he had cancer, they’d have been building plaques for him. He recovered in his second HS, and it was a great experience. Thank God for second chances.

      • crosseyedlemon

        That’s a beautiful comment Joe but Richie getting or being denied additional chances has nothing to do with wiring and everything to do with whether or not he has football skills that GMs are willing to pay for.

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