The newly transformed Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be foolish to sign NFL free agent Richie Incognito.
With respected new coach Lovie Smith, proven new General Manager Jason Licht and colorful new uniforms for its upcoming 2014 campaign, the metamorphosed Tampa Bay franchise would quickly mire itself in old ways by signing the disgraced former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman.
The new look Bucs should be seeking every conceivable way to jettison all vestiges of its ugly past off its instantly recognizable team pirate ship.
Instead, the team would unnecessarily haul aboard weighty flotsam that the Miami Dolphins wisely discarded from its team earlier this year. The Bucs’ ship would iimmediately find itself in rough waters with increased media attention and a burbling animosity in its locker room certain to upset Lovie Smith’s newly minted team chemistry.
Though NFL offices lifted Incognito’s misconduct suspension on February 4, 2014, that doesn’t mean that the nasty, ominous cloud surrounding Incognito has dissipated in any way.
And, if the Bucs actually sign the 6’3” and 320 lb. lineman, they’ll painfully find that a storm of discontent will find the Tampa Bay area.
For a franchise eager to put more butts in the seats of Raymond James Stadium, signing Incognito would furnish Tampa Bay area football fans with another reason to stay at home, hit the links or dig their toes into Gulf of Mexico sand.
Disgruntled fans like me would find alternative Sunday afternoon entertainment instead of supporting a racist jerk who pocketed more money last season than most ticket holders will make in a lifetime.
Incognito represents the dour image of a recalcitrant NFL player from whom the Bucs have been trying to distance themselves.
Just replay the video of how quickly and cheaply the Bucs parted ways with All-Pro CB and repeat batterer Aqib Talib. Or, watch the tepid response boorish Hall of Fame DT Warren Sapp received by Bucs fans when ushered into the team’s Ring of Honor last year.
Sure, Tampa Bay fans crave a winner, but at what expense? Bucs fans have grown weary of the tiresome behavior of bullies, bigots and blowhards. Yes, even the non-tipping Warren Sapp!
Tampa Bay fans want more Buccaneers like Gerald McCoy, Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, John Lynch, Vincent Jackson, Mike Allstott and the late Lee Roy Selmon.
Forget about Aqib Talib, Warren Sapp, Mike Williams, Cody Grimm, Da’Quan Bowers, Eric Wright and other brazen Bucs who’ve either graced police blotters, failed to pay child support or acted immaturely, unwisely and unprofessionally.
Historically, one of the bottom dwellars in league attendance, Tampa Bay management has worked prudently to restore its enviable Super Bowl winning ways of a decade ago.
Licht, Smith and Glazer Family ownership are purposed to direct the Buccaneer football ship away from the choppy waters of its unenviable past.
However, they need to take heed.
An outcome far worse than watching a nightmarish cream sickle clad, winless NFL team play in the sweltering old Big Sombrero known as the “Yucs” could come ashore.
That would be the awful pain of rooting for a Lovie Smith led squad sporting swanky new high tech uniforms at beautiful Raymond Stadium with an insolent blocker anchoring its offensive line by the name of Richie Incognito.
Now, that would bring the old Buccaneer pirate mascot Bucco Bruce out of retirement, so he could cover his eyes with both of his hands!