The Buffalo Bills want to re-sign left guard Richie Incognito before he becomes an unrestricted free agent at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 9. According to a report from Mike Florio, who cites one league source with knowledge of the negotiations, that might not happen any time soon.
Per Florio, the Bills are frustrated that Incognito is not willing to give the team "a break," which almost certainly means "a discount," particularly after they afforded him the opportunity to resume his career following a Miami bullying scandal and a year out of the league. Incognito is likely equally frustrated that the Bills aren't yet offering him (what he perceives as) fair market value for a veteran, multiple-Pro Bowl appearance player. This is fairly commonplace in contract negotiations of any ilk.
Back in late December, we projected Incognito's contract value in the neighborhood of $5 million per year with $3 million per contract year guaranteed. Financial details of the ongoing Bills-Incognito negotiations have not been provided in any report we've seen.
Incognito, who will turn 33 this July, may very well be angling for the last big pay day of his NFL career. Waiting to see what he could pull on the open market would be a smart move for Incognito. The cap-strapped Bills would obviously like to re-sign Incognito for as little money as possible, given that they ideally will be handing out large contract extensions to Cordy Glenn and Stephon Gilmore this offseason.