Richie Incognito Released by Rams

DAN BARKSContributor IDecember 15, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 09:  Offensive lineman Richie Incognito #68 of the St. Louis Rams stands on the sideline while taking on the Tennessee Titans during a pre-season game at LP Field on August 9, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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According to a report from 101.1 ESPN Radio in St. Louis, the Rams have finally released OG Richie Incognito.

The former third round pick of the Rams had proven over the last five seasons that he has no clue what his last name means.

Incognito has talent but no restraint, which would constantly be a sideline issue for the coaching staff and hinder an already nonexistent offense with useless penalties.

Offensive linemen with a mean streak are a coveted thing in the NFL, but Incognito took it too far on many occasions. If you ever wanted someone on your side in a bar fight, he's your man, but with no self-control, this move had to be made and finally was.

There will be some mixed emotions in the locker room, as he was liked for his protective nature on the field, but for the long-term success of this team it was sorely needed.

Mark Setterstrom will be filling the hole made by the cut, which isn't in my opinion a step back since Setterstrom has been filling that hole on a regular basis this season. Coach Steve Spagnuolo liked the fire that Incognito brought to the team and did give him a fair chance or three since taking over this season.

The move benefits Spagnuolo on both fronts since he tried initially to help get Incognito under control and then finally made the correct decision in releasing a problem player with a track record for being injured or in trouble with games still remaining on the schedule. 

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A perfect fit for Incognito to land would be the Oakland Raiders. He would fit the nasty nature cultivated in Oakland, and Al Davis is still alive. I wouldn't be surprised to see them scoop him up in the next 48 hours.


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