Shaun King Endorses Richie Incognito Signing

August 28th, 2014

One of the NFL’s sleaziest characters, embattled Richie Incognito, is a guy many Bucs fans believe should be plucked from his couch immediately so he can start at right guard and help lead the Bucs to an opening-day victory.

Never mind that high-mileage, 31-year-old players who have been out of football for 9 1/2 months don’t always fare too well, especially under the extreme scrutiny awaits Incognito.

Nope, many view Incognito as a potential savior. He’s so good he doesn’t need training camp, and he’s so cool he’ll fit right in.

Former Bucs QB Shaun King may not think much of Incognito the man, but he’s all-in with support of the Bucs potentially signing him. Speaking on Ron and Ian today on WDAE-AM 620, King said he “absolutely” would support signing Incognito and believes Incognito’s addition now would be more acceptable than before the trade for All-Pro guard Logan Mankins on Tuesday.

“If it’s Incognito, Mankins’ personality and persona in the individual offensive line meeting room would go a long way to making Incognito a much more reasonable of an option,” King said. “And if they were to do that, they’d really solidify those guard positions and turn what was a weakness, you know, into something that could be considered a strength.”

Joe’s definitely against the Incognito signing, as Joe’s written countless times previously. However, Joe agrees with King that Incognito would be easier to swallow — and less of a locker room risk — with the massive presence of Mankins on the roster.

(The interview of King, one of three QBs to the lead the Bucs to the NFC Championship game, can be heard below in its entirety.)

68 Responses to “Shaun King Endorses Richie Incognito Signing”

  1. RastaMon Says:

    Incorrect sentence structure…..Richie Incognito has not been signed……that said SK10 is correct

    Sorry, there’s no grammar error here. –Joe

  2. robert9 Says:

    of course he does. he’s an idiot.

  3. billy buckaroo Says:

    Why bother dealing with this Incognito distraction
    Lets concentrate on football instead of all these immature antics he brings .
    The guy can play but too undependable and too disruptive to the “team” situation. There are many reasons why so many teams have dumped him and its not because he cant play.

  4. jo_mama Says:

    Of Course he does. He was a Quarterback who does not want to get hurt. He is a former buc who pulls for the bucs and has an affinity for the quaterbacks not getting hurt.

    He also knows that if you took every player out of the league for ever using the “N” word their would be no one left to play.

    He also knows that Incognito has never been arrested since he has been in the NFL. Compared to Two current buc players a dog Killer, Two DUI manslaughter players and LL Cool J, Knock out his baby momma Ray Rice.

    Who do you want dating your sister. Ray Rice or Richie Incognito?

  5. DallasBuc Says:

    I endorse doing whatever possible to patch up this garbage oline that do-no-wrong Lovie and his lapdog GM put together.

  6. Danny Says:

    Shaun King is one of only three Bucs QBs to lead the team to the NFC Championship Game? I had no idea. 😉

  7. Mac Says:

    True Incognito has been out of football for 9 months…

    However, Carl Nicks was out almost two years but Joe thought he would return and be productive still…

    You don’t think Richie has been hitting the weight room or training at all? Ya right….

  8. chickster Says:

    Joe keeps this name calling up it degrades what he is saying you should learn to keep your mouth shut

  9. JK Says:

    (The interview of King, one of three QBs to the lead the Bucs to the NFC Championship game, can be heard below in its entirety.)

    Now you’re just doing it on purpose Joe!


  10. Orca Says:

    Can we stop talking about Incognito now?

  11. John23 Says:

    I rather not get incognito I rather the bucs use a 1st rounder and get a nice OL in the draft.

  12. DB55 Says:

    Joe didn’t you saying he was working out with or at the same place that ASJ was working out at? Please tell us what were ASJ impressions of Richie?

  13. Buccfan37 Says:

    I just hope the Bucs coaching staff are’nt wearing those ghastly red horizontal striped shirts come opening day. That angle just makes fat look fatter. Put them on the O line and the optical illusion will fool the opposing D line into thinking the Bucs O line is wider.

  14. robert9 Says:

    Here’s why I don’t like the Mankins deal, and assumptions will be made based on my experience. I own a headhunting firm, and a lot more goes into a “good fit” than does it fill a need..

    Money- can the organization afford the person-this year and in the next few years. Is it all about the money for the potential employee/player. If it is it’s a BAD deal-period.
    We got the short end of the stick here- they got a guy with huge upside that fits their scheme for pennies, and we are paying a kings ransom for a guy on the downtrend

    Motivation- does the person want the job??
    In this case Mankins is probably pissed and will be flying back and forth to NE and hardly be worrying about making the pro bowl. More like just playing out his last two years without getting hurt. Who knows if he will be the leader he was in NE. I would say no, that takes time….time he doesn’t have here.
    Wright on the other hand just hit the lottery and will show up and be engulfed in the playbook and probably have a pro bowl year and then another…potentially

    Can they do the job? This is the ONLY part of this trade that makes sense for both parties.

    I could go on, but that’s all for now.

  15. BucsfaninChina Says:

    You dont think Richie would come back without a massive chip on his shoulder? ASJ – a rookie, presumably Incognito’s bread and butter as far as to to pick on – trained with him was singing his praises.

    Just imagine the mix of Detrich-Smith, Mankins, and Incognito. All are bullheaded veteran leaders that have no problem getting down and dirty and dishing it out. Would be really fun to watch in my opinion and certainly better than the bums expected to fill the last spot on the interior line.

  16. BucsfaninChina Says:

    @Buccfan37 those polos are sick! Its my new go-to golfing shirt.

  17. BucBob1 Says:

    Has Incognito been a childish bully in the past? Yes! But If I spent a year on the couch reflecting on how I blew my chance in the NFL, I would be urgently wanting to right that ship! If given a second chance, I believe he would do just that. If he was under Mankins leadership, I believe he would shine.

  18. Oingo Boingo Says:

    That fat King is irrelevant.

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Two Shaun King articles in one day!!! We are blessed….

    “Shaun King, one of two Buc Quarterbacks that lost a NFC Championship Game when his defense gave up 11 or fewer points.”

  20. Unislookgoodunislookugly Says:

    Only tree hugging people that don’t know football and think they’re better than everyone wouldn’t want Ingonito on this O-line. If we don’t have the leadership to handle him then we need new players and leaders.

  21. Mac Says:

    @ oingo

    Nice way to slip an F word past Joe…

    Very slick…lol

  22. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Well, that settles it.

    If King is in favor, we know it would be a bad move.

  23. Hank Says:

    I was ok with the signing before, would be even more so with Mankins aboard.

  24. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Since Rishaw Johnson is certainly making the team, and by reports is impressive thus far, if we sign Incognito that means we have to cut a young player. Edwards? Omameh? Both won’t make the team if we sign Richie. So who goes? Toss out a promising young player who only needs time to develop in order to sign a one year stopgap like Incognito? What a bunch of geniuses we have around here.

  25. Snook Says:

    I wonder what King thinks about Freeman still being unemployed…

  26. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Holy Crap. I have officially seen it all. A guy who owns a headhunting company feels compelled to lend his expertise over that of people who have decades of experience working and winning at a high level in the actual NFL.

    I’m sure they’ll be knocking on your door soon.

    And that’s not to say everyone here shouldn’t be giving their opinion. They should. It’s all opinion. But, to act like you know more than actual professionals and to compare to something completely different is AWESOME. Thanks for the laugh.

    Office life = NFL life.

    P.S. – It could be 100% argued that Mankins will be even MORE motivated because he felt they gave up on him, or the fact that they asked him to take a paycut. He has something to prove, i.e. MOTIVATION.

  27. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Why is Rishaw Johnson certainly making the team? Because he was traded for a backup safety? What have our “promising” late round or undrafted pick guards shown anything other than the ability to lose a job?

  28. johnnytheMOON Says:

    is Cognito going to be blocking or selling girl scout cookies ? if he improves the line bring him in …

  29. BucRock Says:

    Incognito is 31 and high mileage but Mankins (whos almost 32) is not? huh?

    Who said that? High mileage combined with a 9 1/2 month couch stint isn’t a slam dunk. –Joe

  30. Mac Says:

    @ johnny

    The way some people on here act it would seem that he is going to be running a day care or perhaps lead vocals in choir…

    To quote the great philosopher Charles Brown – “good grief!”

  31. Bucs Fan #237 Says:

    Joe, promise me that the local pen and mike club will keep asking Lovie Smith about Richie Incognito…. please! No less than 3 questions a press conference.


  32. Bucs Fan #237 Says:

    “Snook Says:
    August 28th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I wonder what King thinks about Freeman still being unemployed…”


    True… you have to say King’s credibility is pretty low just because of Josh Freeman.

  33. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I wonder if starting 0-4 or 0-8 again would make Ingognito more attractive to some of these “holier-than-thou’s” that say they could care less about his abilities. They just don’t want him on our team. I have absolutely no idea if he would be an upgrade to what we have, but if we sign him, I trust someone did their homework and I will be his fan. There are so many thugs in the NFL that get a pass for their transgressions, but not for Ingognito. Not in this politically correct environment. I don’t give a damn what he was allowed to get away with at Miami or Nebraska. Give your coach just a little bit of credit. I don’t believe Lovie, GMC or a host of others would tolerate any BS. I just hope someone signs him soon so we can quit talking about someone who has never donned a Buccaneer uniform and may never be privileged enough to don one.

  34. eric Says:

    The men in America need to stop wearing pink panties and buy boxers or boxer brief. I wonder how many of the same people who is so anti Incognito was cheering Jeremy Stevens and Tanard Jackson all of you need to grow a pair of nuts and understand all football players may not want to sign little Johnny football or take pictures with your kids it does not mean they should be black listed.

    I wonder how many Eagle fans don’t want that sleaze ball riley cooper on the team now!

  35. robert9 Says:

    ritchie is done……not because he can’t play, but because all of the locker rooms would want to kill him for using the N word.

    if he did use it it should have only been done around friends, and none of these guys know him.

    the coaches don’t wan’t the risk, and who can blame them! but at some point they may want to take a team aside, and say guys, we’re all men… the f up. it aint like everyone on the team hasn’t made a racial slur in their life. ritchi just happened to get blackballed for it.

    and lovie would be one of the only coaches, black being part of it, that could actually pull it off. does he want too though. thats the question!

  36. BucBob1 Says:

    Who cares if we have to let go of a promising young lineman. There are an abundance of those in the league, and we can find another one of those anytime. Perhaps, maybe in next years draft? Have you considered that? The 53 man roster must be loaded with the best players, that you can find.

  37. robert9 Says:

    hell, we had like 1/2 dozen buc players say the would want a word man-toman.

    WTF is that. what are you gonna prove, it aint like he can fight back at this point.

  38. chris Says:

    Shaun King adds no value to this site.

  39. BamBamBuc Says:

    The way I look at it is “It’s all about 1 year”, this year. We are filling the OG spot for this year, not the next decade. A couple of decent “stop gap” players now could get us closer to the playoffs this year. That drops us down in the draft next year, but who cares, we’d rather be winning. Also, Guards are better selected later in the first or into the 2nd round anyway in typical drafts. So, if we drop down to #21 to #25 in the first round, we can get our “Guard of the future” if we choose (or we can get that QB that falls due to a poor Pro Day or Combine and get a Guard in round 2). Signing Incognito to a 1 year, non-guaranteed deal gets us to that draft with the potential for a better record. I’ll take that. He moves on to some other team, we build an O-line for the future starting next year. This year was about offensive skill position players. Next year, we’ll have our star D players locked up (hopefully), our young O skill players on the cheap for a couple more years. So, I say…


    If he wants to be a douche on this team, send him packing back to his couch…

  40. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ robert9

    Pretend like we don’t have Mankins and are still rolling with Cousins? How do you feel now?

  41. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Some of us don’t have a major issue with Incognito’s reputation, but rather we are questioning how good the guy actually still is as a player. No other teams in the league have officially sniffed this guy besides the Bucs. And the Bucs have done in depth research, had him take a physical and talked to him for five hours. Still no signing. I think many of you are vastly overestimating his potential contribution to this team. Personally I think he’d be average at best, and a bust at worst. Why cut a promising young player for an average stopgap? No thanks.

  42. Andrew 1 Says:

    minus that first question mark.

  43. Eric Says:

    King now looks like he could play guard.

  44. robert9 Says:


    happy we got mankins! but let’s face it, it’s not like he asked to come here. and he already ha a bum knee. we need more depth, but i can understand the argument of not wanting to cut a yunger guy for ritchie. kinda torn there.

    i just think we need a solid backup for mankins should he go down. we should have like three O linemen on the practice squad at a minimum LOL

  45. BucsfaninChina Says:

    So a player taking a year off will only come back to be a bum? A shell of what he was?

    Rickie Williams says otherwise!!!!!! And he didnt just have to shuffle his feet a bit to get in the way of another dude!

  46. buc4lyfe Says:

    Damn your really hatin’ on this guy big time, look at it this way he wouldn’t be the man in this locker room and despite his off field issues i doubt there’s a Jonathan Martin in this locker room he has no power here, look how quickly akeem Spence off field drama got swept under the rug by you, you really are going out of the way to prove your theory about the skill of this player and that makes you a hater, we have leaders So stop trying to make this guy some dictator that the leader’s on this team can’t handle….so sad

  47. Macabee Says:

    I don’t watch daytime TV. My wife called and asked if that was our Richie. A ladies talk show was airing some TMZ video of Richie going on a rant with his shirt off in a bar. I told her no, that’s not the guy we’re looking at. lol.

    I don’t care if we sign Richie, but it’s going to be ugly in the media. Incognito’s got some wicked looking stuff out there on tape! Lovie’s decision, not mine!

  48. adamant Says:

    We are not signing him. It would have happened already. Coach Smith said, we are happy with our current team moving forward (after the Mankins signing). You will not see Incognito in a Bucs uniform unless we have a rash of injuries.

  49. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Shaun King endorses the signing because Incognito really is an ‘honorary black guy.’

  50. stevek Says:

    I’d rather have Richie Incognito on my favorite team (Bucs) then I would Josh Freeman.

  51. stratobuc Says:

    Bring in Incognito. He can help this team win.

  52. BucsFanSince89 Says:

    Joe you kill me every time you say this ” Shaun King, one of three QBs to the lead the Bucs to the NFC Championship game”! lol Just hilarious. Do you say that to him when you see him? Or do you say Shaun King one of three QBs that ate themselves to High Blood Pressure and early heart attack? lol Every time I see this dude he gets bigger by the minute. Sherman Klump! lol

  53. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Pablo thinks we should bring in Incognito & cut Mankins……

  54. Mike10 Says:

    Everyone hates on this guys opinion because it’s pessimistic… More often than not it’s most likely right. No coincidence we’ve sucked the past decade

  55. RocketRaccoon Says:

    I have a weird theory
    Ok, we know the bucs brought him in for a visit.Their are rumors that other teams’are looking at him as well.From rumored reorts there are the colts,raiders,seahawks,and possibly the giants.
    In my assestment,I think Incognito’s agent asking price is too high.He is a former probowl guard,In a league with weak guard play acros the board.His agents know how weak the teams are at guard who are asking about him.Inconito believes he did nothing wrong to get suspended,a victim.
    I dont think the bucs would have given him a physical if they hadnt an intention of a signing.
    I think when the agents rolled out their asking price,L+L blinked.They want to extend MCcoy,possibly David,and perhaps resign clayborn if he plays well.
    I dont think it is incognitos past transgressions that has kept him off of a team,when teams will sign an animal abuser,and a guy who shot himself in his own leg at a club.I believe its all about the finances.Im also inclined to think Richie rich is seeing who comes with the best offer closest to what his agents want.I think we will see this all play out by friday afternoon.

    But thats just my opinion and theory

  56. rawr Says:

    So Mankind at 32 does not have high mileage? But incognito has at 31?

  57. WINdycitybuc Says:

    Shouldn’t King be more concerned about his merger with Tim Horton’s?

  58. Red86 Says:

    It’s make sense to sign him. Injuries happens and one injury to the oline can cost us the season.

  59. Harry Says:

    @Mac Says:
    “…True Incognito has been out of football for 9 months…

    However, Carl Nicks was out almost two years but Joe thought he would return and be productive still…”

    EXACTLY! Way to nail Joe!

  60. Brandon Says:

    If Incognito gets signed it’ll be AFTER week 1 for the league minimum so the Bucs don’t have to guarantee ANY part of his contract.

  61. buctebow Says:

    Just watch the second string guards tonight against second string Dline and then decide if we need to bring in Incognito. Those are our injury back ups gentlemen and we don’t know that our 1st string guards will remain injury free all season……just sayin’

  62. Stanglassman Says:

    Bingo Brandon it’s no big secrete. It becomes a bidding (albeit low) war just after week 1.

    Bonzia- Did you find the Tedford report? RastaMon had it right as far as I could tell. I just hope they caught it soon enough. I imagine it could effect the ability to call plays.

  63. Bucoff Says:

    Correct me if I am wrong but the year Shaun King “lead” our bucs to the NFC championship game was in 1999. That was his rookie season, also Trent Dilfer was the starter for the first 10 games. How does that equate to “leading” us to a NFC championship game. Shaun King is 1 of 3 to “appear” in a NFC championship game. Appear is the verb that should be used, because he was awful. He lead himself to bringing in Brad “captain check down” Johnson.

    Thank you Brad “captain check down” Johnson for also leading us to a NFC championship game and I guess leading us to the win as well. And also leading us to our lone Super Bowl victory(sarcasm).

  64. Matt B Says:

    jo_mama Says:
    August 28th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    “Who do you want dating your sister. Ray Rice or Richie Incognito?”

    Ray Rice hands down. Clearly you don’t know jack squat about your boy Incognito’s past and pattern of being scum long before his Dolphins days. Such as beating up people for the fun of it and getting kicked off two college football teams. That’s just the beginning.

    Also, you and robert9 are utterly clueless since you seem to think the Dolphins and NFL suspended him because he used the “N” word. So simplistic and untrue.

    You two show your ignorance again and bemoan that it’s OK for black people to use this word but white people can’t. Obviously, you don’t know anything about the history of the “N” word and how this came to be. It’s shocking to me that somebody has to teach you about slavery, power, etc.

  65. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    No I didn’t. And I think Rastamon’s post was edited.

  66. jo_mama Says:

    Matt B.

    You’re naive If you think this was about the use of the N word.

    If he never said anything racial this would not be a story.

    Don’t care what incognito did in college only NFL.

  67. Matt B Says:

    Wrong. It was bullying. Pouncey, who is black, participated as well. The N word didn’t drive Martin to leave the team.

  68. Matt B Says:

    Riley Cooper (white) used the N-word and he didn’t get suspended. In fact, it wasn’t long before he got a big fat new contract. This again shows that Incognito’s suspension was about bullying, not using the N-word. Add to that the fact that the ensuing national discussion was about bullying, not race.

    You can want Incognito on the team, just please stop this nonsense that he is only guilty of using a certain word.