One could simply say, “the Miami Dolphins need to avoid re-signing Richie Incognito.” Incognito has recently left the mental health facility he was in. Incognito was undergoing treatment following a bullying scandal that engulfed the Dolphins’ 2013 season. The bullying scandal featured Incognito along with other Dolphins teammates, constantly harassing and bullying former Dolphins’ left tackle, Jonathan Martin.
So far, so good.
Incognito told WSVN-7, a local South Florida TV station, that he wants to return to the Dolphins. Due to a team policy, the Dolphins refused to comment on the matter, because Incognito is no longer under contract with the franchise.
Regardless of the fact that the Dolphins still need offensive linemen to fill out the starting lineup for next season, and regardless of the fact the Dolphins still have a glaring hole at one of their starting guard positions, the Dolphins cannot bring back Incognito under any circumstances.
Whether it was Incognito or it was Martin who was in the wrong is beside the point. No one except for the people involved in that locker room knows what really went down. The Dolphins need to leave the situation in the rear-view mirror as much as they possibly can.
Martin was recently traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a draft selection. Incognito is currently a free agent, who is lobbying for a return to the Dolphins in spite of everything that has culminated over the past five months when the bullying scandal first made its waves with Martin’s departure from the team in October.
No matter how much in need the Dolphins are of a starting guard, and no matter how much Incognito lobbies to return to the team, the Dolphins need to avoid the veteran guard at all costs.