Incognito Drawing Interest From Several NFL Teams
By Kyle Vertoch
The Indianapolis Colts are looking to surge into the upcoming NFL season on a high note. Unfortunately, the injury bug has stung them this offseason and as the team trims down to a 53-man roster, they are looking to bolster their young offensive line with a veteran presence.
Richie Incognito, the controversial offensive guard, is a free agent and is eligible to sign with any team after being suspended by the Miami Dolphins for bullying allegations by former teammate Jonathan Martin. According to ESPN, at least five teams have shown significant interest in signing Incognito.
ESPN reports one of the five teams include the Tampa Bay Buccanners, who met with Incognito on Monday.
The Colts developing an interest in Incognito is no suprise. The team lost left guard Donald Thomas to a quadriceps injury early in training camp and skilled center Khaled Holmes went down with an ankle injury in Week 1 of the preseason against the Jets.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Colts head coach Chuck Pagano did not defuse the notion that the team was searching for options to replace a bruised offensive line. The Colts take on the Cincinatti Bengals tonight at 7 p.m in the preseason finale. They kick the season off in Week 1 against the defending AFC champions, the Denver Broncos.
"If it makes sense, if it's going to help us win and it's the best thing for this team and organization moving forward, it doesn't matter whether it's Richie or anybody else," Pagano told the Indianapolis Star. "We'll do what's best for this team and what gives us the best chance to win."