Report: Incognito is considering retirement

April 10, 2018 - 11:39 am

There seems to be a strange development in the case of Richie Incognito's future with the Buffalo Bills.

The veteran guard has reportedly told Peter King of Sports Illustrated's MMQB that he is strongly considering retirement.

BREAKING: @68INCOGNITO tells me he is strongly considering retiring. May return for one last season, at the right price.

— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) April 10, 2018

Incognito has spent the past three seasons with the Bills, and recently took a pay cut for the final year of his three-year contract. According to Spotrac, Incognito was in line to make $4.75 million this season as a result of the pay cut.

However, Incognito has been very open about his displeasure with the pay cut. Less than a week ago, Incognito publicly fired his agent via his Twitter account. On Tuesday, Incognito informed King that he has set a deadline with the Bills for both sides to re-work his contract again.

.@68INCOGNITO also told me he is talking to the Bills about his contract, and has until Sunday to change his mind about retiring.

— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) April 10, 2018

Moments later, Incognito sent out an ominous tweet to the NFLPA and Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs for the NFLPA, George Atallah, only saying:

@nflpa @GeorgeAtallah
I’m done --

— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) April 10, 2018

To make things more complicated, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News sent out a tweet reporting that Incognito has informed him that he is done playing football.

@68INCOGNITO just told me the following: "I'm, done. That's it. It's been a long career. Went to the doctor. My liver and kidneys are shutting down. The stress is killing me. It's just about doing what's right. I just want to be in the Hall of Fame." Full story to come.

— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) April 10, 2018

Carucci also adds a comment from Incognito on his pay cut:

.@68INCOGNITO on his pay cut: "It pisses me the f off. The contract and all that pissed me the f off and all that, but (retiring) has nothing to do with that." On whether there was a chance he'd change his mind: "Absolutely not." More to come.

— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) April 10, 2018

Incognito has started in all 48 games for the Bills over the last three seasons, and started in three games with the Bills in a short stint with the team in 2009. The 12-year veteran has also spent time with the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins in his career.

If Incognito does decide to retire, he would join Eric Wood as another veteran lineman to step away from the game. The Bills' offensive line would have a huge hole open up at the left guard position, and would either have to fill it with a veteran like Ryan Groy or John Miller, or via the NFL Draft in nearly two weeks.

Keep it locked to WGR and for the latest on this developing story.

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