Richie Incognito: Latest from Bucs GM and players
TAMPA – The Bucs’ addition of Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins doesn’t mean they’ve ruled out adding troubled but talented guard Richie Incognito.
“I wouldn’t put an end to that, but that’s just one of several options that are out there right now,” general manager Jason Licht said Tuesday afternoon in a news conference to announce the Mankins trade.
Licht said the Bucs have looked at several options to fortify the guard position, including the trade that sent a fourth-round pick and TE Tim Wright to the Patriots in return for Mankins, a six-time Pro Bowler.
As Licht praised Mankins, he twice mentioned that he believes Mankins will have a positive effect on the locker room. Miami suspended Incongito for the final eight games of last season after he was the center of a bullying scandal with the Dolphins.
Incognito had a five-hour meeting Monday night with Licht and the Bucs. Licht said the Bucs left the meeting by thanking Incognito for coming and saying they’d get back to him.
“It stands as an option…” Licht said. “We’ll continue to entertain all options that are out there, whether it’s a trade or whether it’s a player that’s on the street.
“We’ve got a lot of lines out there right now,” Licht said.
For what it’s worth, QB Mike Glennon said the topic of signing Incognito hasn’t come up too often – only when they see it on TV or talk during lunch breaks.
“Other than that, there’s not much being said,” Glennon said. “It’s kind of people wondering if it’ll happen.”
Before Tuesday’s practice, Bucs players repeated the same refrain from Monday – that they’d be open to Incognito if he could help the team and the front office brought him in.
LB Mason Foster has played against Incognito in the preseason and said he like the guard’s game.
“He’s just real physical, kind of like a mauler,” Foster said. “Keeps coming back every single play. Sometimes when you have somebody who plays like that, he can wear people down with a guy like that, playing hard, talking crazy. But that’s football, man. …
“He’s a great player. I like his style of play, what he brings to the table. As far as everything else, I haven’t met him before. I really couldn’t tell you. You’d have to talk to Lovie and the front office guys. I just work here.”