Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is not part of his team’s playoff run, but has found a way to get paid like the rest of his teammates.
The suspended lineman was eligible to be released or reinstated on Monday. Faced with that dilemma, Inconginto and the Dolphins reached a settlement that will only have him to sit out the rest of this season with pay, according to USA TODAY Sports.
While terms of the settlement were not disclosed, USA TODAY Sports believes Incognito will continue to earn what he made under a previous settlement. According to ProFootballTalk.com, Incognito could earn more than $470,000 over the next two weeks to stay home.
Incognito was suspended by the team on Nov. 3 for allegedly harassing and mistreating teammate Jonathan Martin. He later filed a grievance against Miami, and in exchange for delaying an expedited hearing, Incognito’s suspension was extended two more games beyond the permissible limit of four under the collective bargaining agreement, but with pay.
Miami made sure Incognito could not sign with another team this season, especially a squad that could hinder its playoff run. Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero previously reported the team planned to part ways with Incognito after this season. If so, Monday’s settlement cleared the path for Incognito’s easy exit out of Miami.
The NFL is expected to wrap up its independent investigation into Incognito's alleged actions in the near future.
For now, Incognito has two more weeks of pay coming his way.
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