“This Is The NFL. Everyone Has Baggage”August 25th, 2014
Tampa Bay center Evan Dietrich-Smith opened up this afternoon about the Bucs potentially signing checkered guard Richie Incognito.
Dietrich-Smith, a clear leader already on the Bucs’ offensive line, said he would expect an Incognito signing to draw a private chat with veterans in the Bucs locker room.
“Obviously, if they think he can help us win, they’ll bring him in,” Dietrich-Smith said of Incognito. “Lovie always talks about if you bring a guy into the locker room, you gotta accept the guy, you know, make him feel he’s part of the Bucs.
Dietrich-Smith said he was certain Incognito would be spoken to by management about assuming tame role in the locker room. And he and his veteran teammates would chat with Incognito, too.
“I think some of the older guys would have something to say to him. It wouldn’t be negative or anything like that,” Dietrich-Smith said. “I don’t think they would let the man in the locker room if they felt that it wasn’t going to be a good fit.”
The Bucs center added: “This is the NFL. Everyone has baggage.”
Demar Dotson said he would welcome Incognito and would like to talk to him “man-to-man” but not about his transgressions. “Everybody deserves a second chance at life. I think that this is his second chance,” Dotson said.
On Incognito’s past racist commentary, Dotson said he’d be “hoping that’s not how you feel inside.”
Yes, baggage is everywhere, as Dietrich-Smith said. Lovie Smith, however, would have to make his team believe Incognito’s dirty laundry in his dirty baggage is worth the investment of their trust.