First, Richie Incognito admitted hsi return to the NFL would not be a smooth transition, but playing for the Miami Dolphins again was the first priority to him.
Then after pledging his allegiance to the team he played part of last season with, the much maligned and scrutinized guard said he would like to wear Silver and Black next season for the Oakland Raiders.
While it is not known whether the Dolphins would welcome him bck with open arms consider the finings of the NFL's independent report as to charges of bullying former teammate Jonathan Martin, it appears Incognito still has or had hopes of returning to south Florida.
Or Oakland, or maybe some other place we are not aware now. Now, his decision to try to return to the NFL will have to be put on hold as he now much be cleared byt he NFL Players Association of any mental defect before he can strap on another helmet.
A league source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Friday that Incognito can sign a contract, but he can't be paid or play until he undergoes a comprehensive evaluation by NFL-NFL Players Association designated medical advisors. Commissioner Roger Goodell must review their report and recommendation.
This puts another obstacle in the way of Incognito's return to the league. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver notes that Incognito has a history with Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson and offensive line coach Tony Sparano, but they ultimately aren't making personnel decisions.
Incognito has visited three separate treatment facilities for substance abuse and mental-health issues in the past several weeks, according to Silver.
Incognito played college football for the University of Nebraska after which he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft Incognito also played for the Buffalo Bills during the 2009 season and the Miami Dolphins from 2010–2013.
Silver said while Incognito wants to play in the NFL in 2014, the fact he is over 30 years old and may still be disciplined by the NFL are two factors he must also deal with. While he faces possible league discipline for his treatment of former Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin and is battling personal issues that precipitated a recently completed stay in an Arizona mental-health facility, Incognito is highly intrigued by the notion of coming back in silver and black.
"I'm 100 percent into that," Incognito said Tuesday night. "I think that would fit my personality the best. It makes so much sense. I know (offensive coordinator Greg) Olson and (offensive line coach Tony) Sparano, and I'm a loyal guy, and I'd love to play for them again. And, of course, the Raiders have that aura."
Neither the Dolphins nor the Raiders have commented on any interest in Incognito at this time.