Raiders To Release G Richie Incognito; Return Expected?

6:01pm: It is not out of the question Incognito returns to the Raiders on a new deal, however. The expectation is the veteran guard re-signs with the team on a lower-cost accord, Vic Tafur of The Athletic tweets.

5:48pm: The Raiders are making big changes on their offensive line. Following a Gabe Jackson release, Las Vegas plans to cut Richie Incognito, Ian Rapoport of tweets.

Incognito played well in 2019, when the Raiders ended the second of his NFL sabbaticals, and signed an extension late in that season. However, an early-season injury shelved the veteran guard in 2020. Incognito is believed to be healthy and wants to play in 2021, per Rapoport.

An Incognito release will save the Raiders $5.5MM. He was signed only through the 2021 season. The controversial O-lineman played only two games last season, suffering a foot injury that ended up requiring surgery two months later. The Raiders entered Friday with barely $3MM in cap space.

While Incognito is better known for his off-field reputation — the bullying scandal that led him out of Miami and out of the league for the 2014 and another incident that preceded him being out of football in 2018 and left him suspended to start his Raiders tenure — the 37-year-old blocker has been a productive player when available. Pro Football Focus has graded him as a top-25 guard in every season he has played since 2010. Incognito made the Pro Bowl in each of his three Bills seasons — 2015-17 — and helped the Raiders’ 2019 O-line rate as one of the league’s best. That group has splintered this week.

In addition to releasing their Week 1 guard starters from last season, the Raiders are shopping right tackle Trent Brown. The player who took over for Incognito, Denzelle Good, is a free agent. Only left tackle Kolton Miller and standout center Rodney Hudson appear to be on solid ground among Las Vegas’ first-string blockers.

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13 comments on “Raiders To Release G Richie Incognito; Return Expected?

  1. thebluemeanie

    The fact he’s still in the league after all of his BS is amazing to me.

  2. BrandonGregory74

    He’s got some pretty severe anger and abandonment issues but he seems to most productive and well behaved when he’s playing. I hope he can find a team.

  3. nentwigs

    This development was unintentionally leaked.
    It was supposed to have been kept INCOGNITO !!

  4. MileHighFan

    The Raiders used to have one of the best O-lines in the NFL. What the heck did they do to it?

    • markdavisbarber

      That great touted O-Line heading into the 2020 season played a grand total of 4 snaps together. With a continual mix of back ups and starters Carr was only sacked 28 times and ranked top 10 in almost every QB stat category.

      This seems like a good place to find cap space and keep players that actually contributed on the field.

  5. crosseyedlemon

    Richie really wants to show the Bills that they gave up on him too soon so he would probably sign with the Jets or Patriots rather than rejoin the Raiders.

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