Greg Schiano began the purge of troubled players from the Buccaneers roster after he was hired in 2012, getting rid of players like Kellen Winslow, Tanard Jackson and Brian Price. When Lovie Smith was hired last January, he continued the trend, trading wide receiver Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills for a sixth-round draft pick.
On Monday, a report originally from FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer said Tampa Bay is bringing polarizing and formerly suspended guard Richie Incognito for a visit, and if all goes well the team could sign the former Dolphin.
Miami suspended Incognito for three months last November after a bullying incident against teammate Jonathan Martin, then later waived the former Cornhusker.
Incognito was a former third-round draft pick from Nebraska and spent almost all of his first five seasons in the league with the St. Louis Rams before being waived in 2009 after a series of incidents that included two 15-yard penalties for head butting Titan players in a December loss to Tennessee. The Buffalo Bills claimed Incognito off of waivers, and the former Ram played the final three games of the 2009 season with the Bills.
In 2010, Incognito was signed by Miami to a one-year deal. In 2011 he was signed to a three-year contract. Incognito made the Pro Bowl in 2012 as a member of the Dolphins.
The Buccaneers have struggled at the guard position throughout much of camp, going through a number of lineup changes. The last two weeks the Buccaneers have started Oniel Cousins, a free agent pickup from the Browns, and Patrick Omameh with mixed results. While pass protection has been so-so, the Buccaneers have been able to produce little on the ground, averaging just 2.6 yards a carry last Saturday in Buffalo.
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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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