In announcing that Richie Incognito has officially signed to play for the football team he runs, Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula issued a statement on Monday addressing Incognito's checkered past.
"I personally met with Richie, along with Doug Whaley, Rex Ryan and Kim regarding an opportunity to earn a spot on the Buffalo Bills roster," Pegula said. "Obviously, we all discussed Richie’s past experience in the NCAA and NFL. We are convinced that Richie is prepared to move forward and has and will continue to take the necessary steps to improve himself as a person and a teammate. Following discussion with the rest of the coaching staff, we as an organization will provide him with the opportunity to do so."
Incognito's laundry list of transgressions, nearly all of which stem from his personality, date back as far as his college career at Nebraska, in the early 2000s. While there, he was ejected after an in-game fight, suspended after fighting during a spring practice, sent to anger management, found guilty on a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a fight at an offseason party, and then indefinitely suspended by the team after a locker room fight. He transferred to Oregon, where he was summarily dismissed from the team a week later for failing to complete the requirements of his transfer.
His first NFL team, the St. Louis Rams, waived him after he picked up a $50,000 fine related to two separate head-butting incidents in a game against Tennessee. That came after three previous fines - one of which involved repeated verbal abuse of an official - that totaled an additional $35,000. He also picked up the distinction of being the "NFL's Dirtiest Player" during his time in St. Louis. The Bills picked him up on waivers that season, in 2009, where he spent a total of 19 days on the active roster, making three starts at right guard.
After moving on to Miami, during a 2012 charity golf tournament, Incognito allegedly harassed a female volunteer while intoxicated. That report came out at the same time that the Miami Dolphins' bullying investigation - at which Incognito was the epicenter - was being reported on. Incognito and two former Dolphins teammates harassed and bullied Jonathan Martin, another unnamed offensive linemen, and multiple team employees in that prolonged incident. You can read all about that in the Wells report, if you somehow missed it a year ago.
So, yeah. It was probably a good idea for the Bills to address all of that in some fashion. Is it enough? How is everyone feeling about this signing now that we've had 48-plus hours to digest it?