Incognito, Dolphins Agree To Extended Suspension
Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network reports that Richie Incognito and the Miami Dolphins have reached an agreement that will extend his suspension with pay while the league’s independent investigator, Ted Wells, completes his investigation.
The Dolphins only have the power to suspend Incognito for four games due to rules in the collective bargaining agreement. However, since Incognito is going to be paid during this extended suspension, he suspension was allowed under the rules of the CBA. This agreement has already been approved by the NFL and the NFL Players Association.
Incognito has lost $941,176 during the four games that he was suspended. He filed a grievance against the Dolphins for his indefinite suspension since it was a violation of the CBA, and this new agreement is likely the result of negotiations following the official grievance he filed.
Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, it’s hard to see Incognito returning to the team as this is the last year of the three-year, $12.9 million contract he signed in 2011. He’s a free agent in 2014, and if any team is willing to gamble on him, he’ll be wearing a new uniform next season.