Raiders’ Richie Incognito Retires From NFL for the Second Time

Richie Incognito with the Bills in 2016
Richie Incognito with the Bills in 2016. Photo by John Middlebrook/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Richie Incognito is walking away from the NFL once again. And this time, he doesn’t intend to come back.

Incognito announced his retirement in a letter posted on the official site of the Las Vegas Raiders, with whom he spent the past three years.

“My last few seasons couldn’t have happened with a better group of men, guys that embraced me. I wanted to finish on my own terms,” wrote Incognito. “Not a lot of people get to do that in this league, and that’s why I’m so proud to retire with the Raiders.”

Incognito entered the league in 2005 as a third-round pick by the Rams. He would spend five years with the organization before embarking on stints with the Buffalo Bills, the Miami Dolphins, and the Bills again. His second stint with the Bills proved to be the most accomplished part of his career as he earned Pro Bowls in each year (2015-2017) he played in Buffalo.

Ahead of the 2018 NFL season, Incognito announced his retirement but left the window open for the Bills to convince him to return with a better contract offer. The Bills were not in the mood to make him one and instead released him from the reserve/retired list during the offseason. Despite becoming a free agent, Incognito still sat out the entire 2018 campaign.

During the 2019 offseason, Incognito was lured out of retirement by the Raiders. He went on to start 12 games in his first season with the franchise before going down with an Achilles injury in Week 2 of the 2020 campaign. This proved to be the last game Incognito played as a pro.