The Oakland Raiders have not had the most productive time in free agency so far this offseason. Despite having the league's best cap situation the Raiders have failed to come to terms with several of their key targets.
However, that could be about to change as they could secure the signing of one of the most controversial of free agents.
Richie Incognito has said that he would be '100% into' a move to Oakland this summer.
“I’m 100 percent into that,” Incognito said. “I think that would fit my personality the best. It makes so much sense. I know [offensive coordinator Greg] Olson and [offensive line coach Tony] Sparano, and I’m a loyal guy, and I’d love to play for them again. And, of course, the Raiders have that aura.”
I'm not quite sure what 'that aura' is but it is obvious why Incognito would want to play for the Raiders. The Dolphins offensive lineman has become something of a pariah in the NFL since the Ted Wells report into the bullying of Jonathan Martin was released.
Incognito would also surely be a fan of the money that the Raiders would be able to give him, as a veteran lineman, team leader looking for a fresh start away from the media storm on the east coast.
For the Raiders, after not being able to secure deals for a number of their prime targets may desperately reach for what would be a fairly unpopular signing. They would, in return get a veteran who could likely contribute right away.
However, this signing would come with a warning. Jonathan Martin has already been traded to the San Francisco 49ers. For the Raiders to acquire Incognito and to put the two former teammates in the same area might just cause an additional distraction which neither player would need at this point.
Time will tell if a deal actually arises from the speculation, but it certainly seems like the market for Incognito is hardly deep.
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