The Miami Dolphins were looking at making a decision on Richie Incognito in the next few days. He has been suspended since the Cincinnati game due to conduct detrimental to the team. The four game suspension was supposed to come to an end following this weekend. Now Incognito will serve two more games voluntarily.
Incognito had requested a hearing on his allegations that it was in fact Jonathan Martin who disgraced the team. Last week his hearing was moved up but the Dolphins asked him to move it back until after the Ted Wells investigation was concluded in Miami. According to Jeff Darlington of NFL Network, Incognito will receive two weeks of those four paid and the next two as well. The Dolphins will now need to make a decision on him when there is two weeks left in the season.
It’s an odd decision by Miami as Incognito will not be a player they will likely keep beyond this year as it is. Incognito will be a free agent. A release would save the Dolphins about one million dollars. The decision to keep Incognito on suspension, something approved by the NFLPA, Incognito, and the NFL means that he will get paid for staying away. Presumably until Wells’ investigation is concluded. It’s possible the team is holding out hopes they can make the playoffs and if they are in that position may view Incognito as a boost to their chances.
That is if Ted Wells’ investigation exonerates the “bully”.