Looks like Dion Dawkins wants Richie Incognito back on Bills

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Over the past few days, the Las Vegas Raiders started making some cap casualties in order to find some salary cap space in 2021. Plenty of teams are having to do so with next season’s cap being lowered.

A few of the Raiders’ recent moves focused on the offensive line, and included one familiar face: Richie Incognito. Along with guard Gabe Jackson, Incognito was released by the Raiders on Friday.

Does that mean back to Buffalo for Incognito? Bills offensive lineman Dion Dion Dawkins isn’t oppose to it.

On Saturday, Dawkins took to his social media account via Twitter. He sent out a tweet at Incognito:

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Incognito returning to the Bills has two very complicated sides to the coin. Starting with Dawkins, it makes total sense.

As a rookie, Dawkins was surprisingly a training camp standout and ended up taking over as the Bills’ starting left tackle very quickly. The rest is history for the fan favorite. Next to him on the line in his first season was Incognito and Dawkins often praised him.

In addition, during this second tenure in Buffalo, Incognito had a situation unfold where an opponent said he used a racial slur on the field. Who leapt to his defense? Dawkins, who said “cut the BS.”

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If we’re going to call ourselves objective at Bills Wire… Incognito, a Pro Bowler, is the best player Dawkins has ever had play next to him in his career. Of course he should want him back.

But then the flip side is the team. Does the Bills front office hold any grudges with him? Incognito has his fair share of off-field struggles in his NFL career… and one came via a surprise retirement in April 2018. He decided to up and leave Buffalo. That same offseason saw the Bills lose center Eric Wood to retirement as well, but his came because of surprise injury news. Incognito’s retirement came after Wood’s, so he really put the Bills in a bad spot. In 2018, Buffalo’s offensive line ended but being brutal because there was only so much the team could do.

As a player, Incognito, despite being 37, has actually played well in recent seasons since leaving the Bills. His 2020 Pro Football Focus grade was an 81.4 overall. That’s excellent and Raiders Wire also touted his skills.

However, in two seasons with the Raiders, he only played in 14 total games. Health was a concern.

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