Speaking of risk and reward, those issues are front and center with Incognito. The St. Louis Rams knew all about Incognito’s checkered past when they drafted him in the third round in 2005. He’d been such a bad boy off the field at Nebraska the coaching staff suspended him for the 2004 season, prompting his transfer to Oregon, where NCAA rules prohibited him from playing. His problems continued with the Rams to the point where, despite having started him in 44 games over four seasons, they let him go last December. Buffalo picked him up but, despite the lack of any depth on its offensive line, also decided against keeping him.
Sparano and offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo reportedly had dinner with Ignognito Monday night and he was scheduled to work out Tuesday. Sparano and DeGuglielmo are no-nonsense guys who have spent their adult lives around offensive linemen, and one can imagine Incognito telling them everything they wanted to hear about cleaning up his act. Still, how can anyone - including Incognito himself - predict how he’ll react when, say, he gets clocked in the jaw by an opponent and no flag is thrown? And if officials see an altercation in which Incognito is involved, with his reputation, how would you expect them to react?
Everyone can point to situations where a bad boy got straightened out. It’s certainly worked out that way of late with Randy Moss, although there were signs of him unraveling last year in New England as well. But it seems in 90 percent of these cases, the behavior doesn’t change and sooner rather than later the time comes to move on once again.
Porter is gone. With Miami’s other draft needs and Bill Parcells’ reluctance to take receivers high in the draft, Bryant is likely not coming. As for Incognito, as much as the Dolphins need O-line depth, this should be a case of ‘good luck wherever you wind up.’
note: What is the risk, what is the reward? If he works out you have a potential starter at G and a big, strong, explosive back up C. I say sign him. If he causes problems you release him- no big deal.