Richie Incognito is now a free agent.
According to the team and various media outlets, the Buffalo Bills have released Incognito from the reserve/retired list, capping what has been a wild offseason for the Pro Bowl guard.
Richie Incognito told the Bills he wants to unretire, per source, which is why Buffalo released him from its Reserve/Retired list. Bills and Incognito both moving on – Incognito with hope of playing somewhere else.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 21, 2018
Incognito, now 34 years old, has been a steady presence up front for the Bills since 2015, but things seemingly began to go off the rails when he re-worked his contract with the team following Buffalo’s playoff run last year.
Incognito sent out a series of cryptic tweets citing health problems and other issues before he ultimately retired, at least temporarily.
Monday’s move clears the way for the veteran guard to sign with a team of his choosing.
Of course, whatever team has interest in Incognito has to also consider many of his off-the-field troubles.
On the field, however, he has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons and has resurrected his career in Buffalo after being shunned from the league in 2014 for his role in the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal.
It’s a balance that many teams around the league will consider, but if you judge Incognito strictly by his on-field performance in recent years, he should be suited up by opening day next season.