Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito returned to Twitter just under three weeks after it was announced he was seeking treatment following some bizarre behavior.
The free-agent guard thanked his family and friends for their support throughout his ordeal, which started with the bullying accusations during his time in Miami:
I missed you guys. Thanks goes out to my family and friends for the tremendous amount of support.— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) March 19, 2014
Incognito sought treatment near the end of February after admitting to taking a baseball bat to his Ferrari. Nicole Garcia of Fox 10 in Phoenix spoke with him at the time, and he explained the actions as a way of expressing himself:
Oh that was...that was just me venting. That was my self-expression, that was a...that's a piece of art. The happiest day of my life was when I got that car, and now the second-happiest day will be when I donate it to charity.
The same day, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reported some of the lineman's Dolphins teammates were growing seriously concerned about his mental state:
Dolphins teammates are concerned about Richie Incognito's irrational behavior, mental state, according to sources— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 27, 2014
One day later, Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network passed along word that Incognito had decided to seek treatment after what was described as "severe mental stress":
After a very long few weeks, I can report Richie Incognito has accepted professional help in wake of severe mental stress from Wells report.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) February 28, 2014
The Wells Report—released following an extended investigation into potential bullying by Incognito and teammates directed toward Jonathan Martin and other members of the organization—reached the following conclusions, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com:
The biggest takeaway from the report: There was a consistent pattern of harassment by Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey.
The harassment not only was directed at Martin, but also at an unnamed Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.
Apparently those findings had a serious impact on Incognito. He proceeded to go silent for a while during the treatment and has now resurfaced. Exactly what type of treatment he received in recent weeks remains unclear.
Another message made it clear getting back into the NFL is now a priority:
Looking forward to getting back to work ASAP ;)— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) March 19, 2014
Will Incognito sign with a team for 2014?
Whether any team is willing to take a chance on Incognito is another question. He stated 55 games over four seasons with the Dolphins and was a reliable member of the team's offensive line over that time period.
So in terms of talent, there's little doubt he could still be of use to a franchise. The other factors will make it a little more difficult for him to latch on somewhere, though. A front office will need to be convinced he's ready to be a positive influence on and off the field before signing him.
Incognito needs to show he's changed to find a new team.