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Richie Incognito Announces Retirement, Says Liver, Kidneys Are 'Shutting Down'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 17:  Richie Incognito #64 of the Buffalo Bills speaks with members of the Miami Dolphins after the game at New Era Field on December 17, 2017 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Miami 24-16.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito told Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News on Tuesday he is retiring.

"I'm done. That's it," he said. "It's been a long career. Went to the doctor. My liver and kidneys are shutting down. The stress is killing me. It's just about doing what's right. I just want to be in the Hall of Fame."

Earlier Tuesday morning, he told Peter King of The MMQB he was "strongly considering retiring" but "may return for one last season, at the right price." 

Incognito then tweeted the following: 

Richie Incognito @68INCOGNITO

@nflpa @GeorgeAtallah I’m done 😜

And King provided more details on Incognito's retirement: 

Peter King @SI_PeterKing

.@68INCOGNITO also told me he is talking to the Bills about his contract, and has until Sunday to change his mind about retiring. https://t.co/S3gxmjDcs0

"I am just done with the game," Incognito said, per Carucci. "I love it. ... It's time to move on. I want to play some golf."

The Bills officially placed Incognito on the reserve/retired list on Thursday, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Incognito fired his agents over Twitter on April 5: 

Richie Incognito @68INCOGNITO

@AthletesFirst You are Fired! I wish you guys nothing but the best moving forward. Thank you for all of your help and guidance along the way. It’s time for me to go in a new direction ✌🏼

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Bills running back LeSean McCoy reacted to the news:

As for how Incognito's retirement impacts the Bills, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW in Buffalo and Mike Rodak of ESPN.com broke it down: 

Joe Buscaglia @JoeBuscaglia

If he indeed decides to retire, without Incognito... the #Bills current OL: LT - Dion Dawkins LG - Ryan Groy/John Miller C - Russell Bodine/Ryan Groy RG - Vlad Ducasse RT - Jordan Mills/Marshall Newhouse/ Conor McDermott

Mike Rodak @mikerodak

Bills would save $3.75 million of Incognito’s $5.9 million cap number, although it seems likely they would come after the $1 million signing bonus he received with recent restructure. So potential for $4.75 million savings. https://t.co/0qesTEOVqm

Incognito, 34, played for the Bills the past three seasons, earning a grade of 80.5 from Pro Football Focus last year, good for 12th among guards.

He's also had stints with the then-St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins—though he went unsigned in 2014 after being suspended in 2013 for bullying former NFL lineman Jonathan Martin while the two were teammates on the Dolphins—and has reached four Pro Bowls in his career.

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