At his introductory news conference last month, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan declared "we're going to build a bully."
He wasn't lying.
ESPN has reported Richie Incognito, the offensive guard at the epicenter of the Miami Dolphins' 2013 bullying scandal, will be at One Bills Drive on Saturday for a physical.
A source close to Ryan informed The Buffalo News the physical is a formality and that Incognito will join the Bills. The source added that Ryan considered Incognito a high-priority acquisition.
Incognito's agent, David Dunn, did not return messages seeking comment.
The NFL indefinitely suspended Incognito halfway through that season for his role in harassing teammate Jonathan Martin. The Dolphins eventually cut Incognito, a 2012 Pro Bowler known for his nasty streak.
The NFL lifted Incognito's suspension in February 2014, but he did not play last year. The closest he got were workouts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos. All declined to sign him.
Buffalo badly needs guard help, a deficiency that contributed significantly to its offensive line being among the NFL's worst. Analytics outlet Pro Football Focus graded Buffalo dead last in run blocking and 22nd in pass blocking.
Pro Football Focus graded the 78 guards who played at least 25 percent of their teams' snaps. Kraig Urbik, who finished the season at left guard, ranked 53rd. Rookie left guard Cyril Richardson ranked 60th. Right guard Erik Pears was 76th.
Incognito will be 32 in July. He has been voted the NFL's dirtiest player in various player polls over the years.
He played three games for the Bills in 2009 after the claimed him off waivers from the St. Louis Rams, who'd grown tired of his bad penalties and misbehavior.
"We're going to build a bully," Ryan said at his Jan. 14 news conference, "and we're going to see if you're going to play us for sixty minutes because we're going to give everything we have every snap out there.
"That represents not just ourselves. It represents our community, and we're proud to represent Buffalo. ... We're going to earn it, earn that respect that our fans give."
In a similar vein, Bills owner Terry Pegula last month paraphrased a line he liked from new offensive coordinator Greg Roman's interview.
"We want the Buffalo Bills to be a nightmare to play against," Pegula said.