Mike Mayock has said in the past that he and Jon Gruden “know what a Raider looks like and smells like” as he’s discussed the extensive roster overhaul he’s inherited as Oakland’s general manager in the second Gruden era.
Apparently a Raider looks and smells like a troubled person whose been out of the league for a year while dealing with legal issues and seemingly significant mental health struggles.
Raider sign controversial offensive lineman
The Raiders announced on Tuesday that they have signed Richie Incognito, the veteran offensive lineman known for being at the center of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal and more recently for a tirade at a public Florida gym that involved him allegedly throwing a dumbbell at a fellow patron.
He was detained for an involuntary mental health evaluation after telling police he believed the man at the gym was an NSA agent spying on him.
In April, Incognito reached a plea deal avoiding jail time for a separate incident in which he allegedly threatened to “shoot people” with guns from his truck at a funeral home following his father’s death.
He reportedly had several guns and a pistol silencer in his truck at the time.
Mike Mayock: ‘Prove-it deal’
These are all obvious concerns that Mayock felt compelled to address prior to Raiders OTAs on Tuesday afternoon.
“Whenever he’s been focused on activities solely on the field, he’s been fine,” Mayock said of Incognito. “We’ve done a one-year, prove-it deal with him, and prove-it means both on and off the field.”
They can’t all be boy scouts
Mayock cited Incognito’s Pro Bowl past that includes three straight nods with the Buffalo Bills from 2015-17 as reason to believe Incognito can compete for a starting guard spot on the Raiders offensive line.
He also made multiple references to a vague concept of “foundation” before getting to the crux of the signing.
“I think at the end of the day, you can’t have all boy scouts.”
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