Richie Incognito, the Buffalo Bills’ newly embattled Pro Bowl guard, “has to be gone” from the team if “there’s a shred of truth to accusations that he made racially insensitive comments to a Jacksonville player,” writes The Buffalo News' Jerry Sullivan, whose latest column argues that Incognito has “forfeited all benefit of the doubt on such matters” because of his prior disciplinary record in the league.
Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue accused Incognito on Twitter of spewing racial slurs at him during Sunday’s wild-card playoff game. “Incognito hasn’t helped matters by going underground,” Sullivan writes. “As of Tuesday afternoon, two days after the game and more than 24 hours after the Bills cleaned out their lockers and met the media Monday morning, he still hadn’t commented publicly about Ngakoue’s accusations.”
Beane on Incognito: “Anytime you have an accusation like that, you take it very seriously,” Bills general manager Brandon Beane said Tuesday. “We have spoken to Richie and understand his side of the story. … We’re looking into it.”
Eight picks in five rounds: During the season-ending press conference, Beane acknowledged the Bills have plenty of ammunition – eight picks in the first five rounds, including two in each of the first and second rounds – going into April’s NFL Draft. “We’ll go where we need to go to get the right players,” he said.
McDermott evades Dennison question: Head coach Sean McDermott declined to give offensive coordinator Rick Dennison a vote of confidence Tuesday. He answered a question about whether Dennison would be back next season by saying it was “early in the process” to be getting into “speculation” about the future of coaches and players.
Speaking of the future: Beane and McDermott also have a decision to make about whether quarterback Tyrod Taylor will return next season. Beane said he was “not satisfied with the whole offense” but emphasized that it “wasn’t just about Tyrod.”
On the other hand: Defensive tackle Kyle Williams would be welcome back next season, if he chooses not to retire, Beane said.
Transcript: Read the rest of Beane’s and McDermott’s comments from Tuesday’s presser.
Watch: News reporters Jay Skurski, Vic Carucci and Jerry Sullivan discuss and react to the end-of-season news conference.
Dareus’ life “changed”: Former Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus told Jacksonville.com that the Jaguars organization has changed his life. The Bills shipped Dareus to Jacksonville in exchange for a draft pick earlier this season, before Dareus and the Jags defeated Buffalo in the playoffs Sunday.
Bills’ notebook: The Bills are in “a bit of a conundrum” with regard to left tackle Cordy Glenn this offseason, writes Nick Veronica.
Vote: The Buffalo News is measuring fan approval ratings this week for a number of Bills coaches and players. What do you think of Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy, Richie Incognito, Eric Wood and other offensive weapons?