By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Richie Incognito – Signed by the Bills in 2009 and 2015

The Internet is hardly big enough to sum up the unusual football career of Richie Incognito. It’s a story that might take a few more years to sort out. But since he stopped in Buffalo a couple of times, it’s worth exploring.

Incognito came out of college as a tremendous physical specimen who had displayed some behavioral problems along the way. The offensive lineman moved right into the starting lineup as a rookie for the Rams. By 2009, the Rams had tired of Incognito’s inability to control his emotions. The Bills signed him, and he played in three games at the end of the season. Buffalo opted not to pick him up for 2010.

It was on to Miami from there. Incognito was a starting guard for the Dolphins for almost four seasons. But in 2013, he was suspended for his treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito sat out the entire 2014 season, but signed with the Bills for about $1 million for 2015. It worked. The guard made the Pro Bowl and agreed to a new three-year contract worth $15 million. Incognito was back in the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017. But he announced his retirement after the 2017 season, citing medical issues and some dissatisfaction with his contract. The Bills eventually released him, and Incognito took a year off before signing with the Raiders. All in all, it’s been quite a ride.

Here’s a feature on him from his time in Buffalo.

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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