Report: Incognito Will Not Return To Miami

Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) after a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Take this for what it’s worth and take it from the source it comes from…the Miami Herald…Richie Incognito is done in Miami.  According to the Herald speaking from a source, the Miami Dolphins will do their due diligence in regards to the NFL investigation and when the time is viable will release Incognito to the streets.  Hard to believe that a year ago Incognito was representing the Dolphins in the Pro-Bowl.

The Dolphins apparently have heard the cell phone message/s that Richie Incognito left on Jonathan Martin’s phone and it was enough to suspend Incognito indefinitely.  The fact that the Herald is saying the Dolphins are done with Incog should not be a surprise.  The team is faced with a huge black eye and an investment in a 2nd round tackle who doesn’t want to play for them right now.

The question of how many players knew the depth of Incognito’s harassment is unknown and it may never fully be known.  There may be no way of knowing if Incognito acted alone in his torment of the 2nd year player but there really was no way for the Dolphins to leave Incognito on the roster after the revelations of racial slurs and verbal threats.

This past off-season a local paper ran a report about the “changed man” Incognito had become after being labeled the NFL’s dirtiest player.  The drugs to recovery story painted Incognito into a different portrait from the mean streak lineman that reared it’s ugly self in Buffalo and St. Louis.  Apparently that mean streak left the field and Incognito found a different target.

Regardless, the Dolphins just need this to go away and to go away soon.  They are in the middle of a legit playoff push with a winless team on the immediate horizon.  A winless team who almost knocked off the predicted NFC Super Bowl representative.  The Dolphins are going about practice and working on their game plan but the distractions are everywhere.  Richie Incognito is about to be one less distraction.

UPDATE:  Here are some of the text/VM’s content according to Adam Schefter.

Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 1m
4. Incognito to Martin, all on same VM in April 2013: “(Expletive) you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”

Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 27s
3. Incognito VM to Martin: “(I’m going to) slap your (expletive) mouth. (I’m going to) slap your real mother across the face (laughter).

Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 59s
2. More Incognito to Martin: “I saw you on Twitter, you been training ten weeks. (I want to) (expletive) in your (expl) mouth….

Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 1m
1: Richie Incognito left this VM for Jonathan Martin in April 2013: “Hey, wassup, you half n—– piece of (expletive)…

Topics: Jonathan Martin, Miami Dolphins, Richie Incognito

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  • tpl

    There’s no way Incognito was ever going to return to Miami when the revelations of his phone calls to Martin were revealed. And his playing days are over. Miami might as well promote tackle Jason weaver I believe it is, from the practice squad to take his place.

    • Gregg Szafran

      They need to find some veterans cut on the waiver wire. They are better on the line with Garner, if Martin wants to return to the team the line might be the best it’s been in years!

      • Ripp

        I have seen one report where is says players are upset that Incognito is gone. If that is the case I don’t see Martin coming back either. Specially if it is true that Martin never complained about the harassment or no one on the coaching staff knew about it. The other thing is that if he did not report the issue to anyone than it puts a bad light on him. He should have kept it in house. Ultimately He could have screwed his own career as well as Incognito’s career because what coach is going to trust him to keep team issues behind close doors?

        • tpl

          Unfortunately, I agree. I don’t see martin returning to Miami.

  • Chad Ronnebaum

    Well I have to give it to Martin. His approach has ended Incognitos careet , I am pretty sure Philbin and Ireland are done after Ross has to go through this.
    I am sure he will wait until the year is over to replace Ireland. They may fire Philbin sooner but I would think they will let him finish the year and maybe give him another chance if he makes the playoffs. Good chance NFL punishes the Dolphins. Martin did more damage to the Dolphins, the current players, the fans in one day than any other team has done in years. It was really quite a impressive approach he used to destroy the team

  • Gregg Szafran

    According to the coach it was the first he heard of it. This will have no impact on the team if this is correct because Martin never told anyone in charge. If everything I’ve heard is true thus far (take that into account) they should both be gone, Incognito because he is a prick and unless Martin returns to the team asap, they should cut ties with him, you have to be tough to play tackle in the NFL – doesn’t appear he fits the bill.