The Buffalo Bills are growing frustrated with the contract demands of unrestricted free agent to-be Richie Incognito, Pro Football Talk reports. As the NFL closes in free agency, the team apparently has not made any headway toward a new deal with its rugged left guard.
Coach Rex Ryan seemed to echo such a sentiment at the NFL scouting combine. When asked about his top free agents, an exasperated Ryan said "I'm trying, guys."
Incognito was basically exiled from the NFL through the entire 2014 season after being cut loose by the Miami Dolphins through the very-public bullying saga. And, yes, Ryan's Bills gave him a shot last March. Now they believe Incognito should do them a solid now and take a hometown discount, per the report. Tight up against the salary cap, they'd like Incognito to take less money to stay.
Of course, they also have left tackle Cordy Glenn to deal with financially. He might receive the franchise tag Tuesday at $13.7 million.
Yet the Bills' salary-cap problems are not Incognito's problem and he'll be 33 years old in July. After having arguably the best season of any guard in the NFL, Incognito will want to maximize his worth --- this could be his final shot at the free-agent market. Not to mention, multiple teams are expected to be interested in the guard.
This was the inherent risk Buffalo took with a one-year deal. Incognito proved himself, on and off the field, and now has a chance to cash in.
The Bills led the NFL in rushing last season. Per ESPN Stats & Information, they averaged 6.58 yards per carry on runs toward their left guard, the best number for any player since the stat's inception in 2006. Buffalo's offense was at its mashing best when running to the left side of the field again and again with whoever's at running back.