The Buffalo Bills want Richie Incognito back. Incognito wants to keep playing for the Bills. It seems like a no-brainer that he will return next year, but the fact remains he's not under contract for 2016.
"I'm anxious. I'm anxious to see what happens," Incognito told The John Murphy Show this week from Hawaii, where he is attending his second career Pro Bowl. "My goal is to come back and play in Buffalo. I love it there. I love my teammates and I love playing for coach Rex and Greg Roman."
It's not just the folks inside the building that Incognito identifies with, either.
"I really think that my personality, and my hard work, approach, and physical nature really resembles the spirit of Buffalo," continued Incognito. "A blue-collar town and a bunch of hard working people up there, and they just want to win. That's my number one goal is just to win, and restore the glory of Buffalo. I hope it all works out, and I hope I'm back there real soon."
The top-paid guards in the NFL are making around $8 million a season. At 32 years old, Incognito won't be able to command a long-term deal like that, but 31-year-old Jahri Evans signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Saints a year ago. Before he made the Pro Bowl, we predicted Incognito would probably sign a contract averaging about $5 million a season. Even at that number, it could be difficult to retain Incognito when his teammate, Cordy Glenn, is in line for an $11-million-a-year payday.