Ok, make that ice cold.
But Incognito remains undaunted. After getting his early frustrations out of his system, he has come back strong. His Twitter account has been revived, and he has been active. And now he's starting to think about working again. Always good to have a positive attitude.
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In the past few days, Incognito has let it be known that he would embrace a return to the Dolphins, according to WSVN-TV, and that he also thinks, per the NFL Network, that he'd make a darned fine Oakland Raider. Neither needs a punch line. They are whatever you want to make them, limited only by your own comedic license.
In order to bring some saliency to the discussion, the former is just not a realistic possibility. The Dolphins have moved on in every form possible. They will not be bringing him anywhere near their facility willingly. The Raiders? You certainly can't rule it out, not with their ample salary-cap room, offensive line needs and their being in a "win two years ago" mode with adding a slew of players in their 30s.
But is it realistic? Not really. Besides, NFL Network is reporting that any team — if there are any interested — attempting to sign Incognito and pay him must jump through a few hoops first.
Richie Incognito wants to return to @NFL. What is his status? Source says he CAN sign a contract, but cannot be paid or play until… (1/2)— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2014
(2/2) … Incognito undergoes comprehensive eval by NFL-NFLPA designated medical advisors. Goodell must review their report & recommendation.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2014
The Raiders might be a slim-chance landing spot, and it's possible that Greg Olson and Tony Sparano, two Raiders coaches who coached Incognito previously, could sign off on him. Or they might say, why bother?
There's still a fairly long road before Incognito is back in the NFL's best graces.
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