Mike Rodak says it’s his understanding that Richie Incognito’s tweet from earlier implying he was coming out of retirement was a joke and he’s still retired. Rodak anticipates Incognito being forced to pay back some of his signing bonus.
However, Incognito posted another tweet Saturday morning asking to be released:
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Bills G Richie Incognito tweeted Friday night that he’s planning to be in attendance for the start of offseason workouts on Monday, despite announcing his retirement from the NFL last week.
Earlier in the week,Â Incognito announced that he was retiring due to health issues he’s dealing with.
“I’m done, I’m done, that’s it,” IncognitoÂ told The Buffalo News. “It’s been a long career. My liver and kidneys are shutting down. Nothing I can’t restore with some balance, but the stress is killing me.
“I went to a doctor’s appointment the other day and they said, ‘Listen, the stress is killing you, what are you doing?’ And I said, ‘Listen, I’m just doing what I love and that’s playing football.’ So that’s why I’m done.”
When asked about taking a pay cut this offseason, Incognito tells Vic Carucci:Â “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.”
The Bills responded by placing him on the reserve/retired list a few days ago.
Last month,Â IncognitoÂ agreed to a $2.675 million pay cut with the Bills, which reduced his base salary from $6.325 million to $3.65 million. Incognito received a $1 million bonus as part of the agreement and it created $1.675 million in cap space for the Bills.
Incognito, 34, is a former third-round pick of the Rams back in 2005. He played three years for the Rams and one year for the Bills before signing on with the Dolphins in 2010.
After four years in Miami, Incognito was released and out of football for a year before securing another shot with the Bills in 2015.
Incognito was in the final year of his three-year, $15.75 million contract that included $5.45 million guaranteed and was set to make a base salary of $6.32 million for the 2018 season when he agreed to the restructured deal.
In 2017, Incognito appeared in all 16 games for the Bills and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 12 guard out of 77 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Incognito as the news is available.