Richie Incognito visiting with Buccaneers
It's come down to this for the ragtag offensive line of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that the team is bringing in free-agent guard Richie Incognito for a Monday visit, per team sources.
Tampa is "being thorough" in allowing Incognito to make his first sojourn to a team since the Dolphins suspended him last season in response to Miami's bullying scandal, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
The Bucs would need to approve of the total package, but struggles at the guard position have created a burning need for help. Oniel Cousins, Jamon Meredith and Patrick Omameh have been a comprehensive disaster over three preseason games.
It's important to note that Incognito has yet to be fully reinstated to play in the regular season. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington noted that the lineman's status has been a month-long sticking point in the 11th-year veteran's quest to latch on with another club.
Darlington reported that several teams are interested in Incognito's services, but he's only been reinstated for the preseason. Full clearance, though, is expected soon, Darlington was told.
Incognito never saw the field last season due to the suspension, but his body of work in 102 career starts is an upgrade over what Tampa Bay currently houses. Few players in recent memory come attached with more baggage, but if the Bucs feel Incognito can fit in, this could lead to a signing.