When the Bills signed guard Richie Incognito to start the last three games of the regular season after rookie Eric Wood went down, his play led Buffalo fans to believe that he would be back for the 2010 season.
The Bills front office has been rather quiet regarding Wood's injury, but his return at the beginning of the season is very questionable.
Incognito was a restricted free agent this offseason, and Buffalo chose not to tender him. Now, Incognito has signed with the Miami Dolphins. And pending Wood's injury, the Bills may have a void at the guard position to top a huge deficiency on the already depleted Bills line, which featured a new lineup almost every game last season.
Incognito has always been regarded as one of the dirtiest players in the league, but his play during his stint with the Bills was solid and thus drew interest from many other teams this offseason, including the Bengals and Colts.
Does letting Richie Incognito walk mean that the Bills know more about Eric Wood's leg injury than they are leading us to believe? If not, Buffalo will once again have a struggling line and may be forced to shuffle the roster by bringing guys in off the street to start.
This is not good for Bills fans. Even with his reputation, he garnered serious interest from contending teams. So, why did Buffalo let him walk? Even if Wood was healthy, Incognito could play at guard with Wood at center, giving the Bills a solid interior line to line up with the rookie left tackle.
Either way, this is an interesting decision the Bills made, and it will be interesting to see if this has an effect on their draft plans in April.