Richie Incognito got his wish and is moving on from Buffalo.
The Bills on Monday announced they have released the veteran offensive guard from the Reserve/Retired list.
Incognito has been rumored to be nearing retirement in recent weeks after playing 12 seasons in the NFL with the Rams, Bills and Dolphins. The 34-year-old announced in April he was retiring because he was too stressed, saying his “liver and kidneys are shutting down” as a result, but changed his mind a week later before asking the Bills to release him from his contract.
In 2016, Tepper and Appaloosa moved from New Jersey to Miami Beach. He was the richest person in New Jersey before he left. He became the second-richest person in Florida upon his arrival.
Vanderbilt University sports economist John Vrooman expects Tepper as Panthers owner to be more “fan friendly” and “accessible to media” than Richardson was.
Some have suggested the fact that Jones’ guaranteed salary has run out could be at the center of his unhappiness. That concern could be sparked by the Cowboys’ recent release of Dez Bryant, who was cut with two non-guaranteed years remaining on his contract.
But for Jones, the Bryant saga should not be anything more than a minor consideration. Jones obviously will be on the team this year, so he may as well consider his $10.5 million salary guaranteed. There is virtually no chance Atlanta would release him from his $12.5 million salary next year, either, barring a catastrophic injury. Bryant was ineffective (at least to the level of his salary) for nearly three years before he was cut. Jones could survive one bad season.
There are only a couple reasons a Jones holdout would make sense. He could be looking to strike while the iron is hot and sneak in a raise, or he might want better cash flow in his contract.