Bills’ left guard Richie Incognito shockingly retired Tuesday, citing medical concerns caused by the stress of football.
“It’s been a long career. My liver and kidneys are shutting down,” Incognito, 34, told Vic Carucci. “Nothing I can’t restore with some balance, but the stress is killing me.”
Incognito added, in classic fashion, that his recent pay cut was not his reason for retiring. He also said he wants to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“It pisses me the (bleep) off,” Incognito said of the pay cut. “The contract and all that pissed me the (bleep) off and all that, but (the decision to retire) has nothing to do with that. You know what it is. It’s just about doing what’s right. And that’s it.
“I just want to be in the Hall of Fame. I think I’m there.”
Now what? Incognito’s departure leaves the Bills’ offensive line even thinner than before. Interior offensive line like a likely draft need anyway, but now it’s an even bigger one. Ryan Groy was expected to compete with Russel Bodine for the center job, but could be moved to guard. Top free agents are Jahri Evans (Packers) and Luke Joeckel (Seahawks).
Reaction: The best social media reaction to Incognito’s retirement came from running back LeSean McCoy: “Wait wait NOO!! (Eric) Wood and you … listen 1500 yards I’ll give u 300k CASH .. my favorite WHITE BOY EVER CANT retire lol… love u dog.”
Watch: Vic Carucci discuss the retirement of Richie Incognito with Ch. 2’s Adam Benigni.
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