The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bringing in Richie Incognito for a visit. I'm convinced this is not a good thing, and so is Leo. But many others are more positive about the possibility, and that includes the Bucs' players. With an open locker room today, the beat writers got a few quotes from several players on the option of bringing in a veteran guard and known bully into the locker room.
Bucs QB Josh McCown doesn't know Incognito, says he trusts Lovie Smith and Jason Licht to make best decisions to improve the team.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 25, 2014
McCown said there are good cases in NFL of second chances working out. Feels good about his locker room being able to handle any additions.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 25, 2014
JoeBucsFan quotes Evan Dietrich-Smith as saying that "Lovie always talks about if you bring a guy into the locker room, you gotta accept the guy, you know, make him feel he's part of the Bucs."
"I think some of the older guys would have something to say to him," the veteran center said. "It wouldn't be negative or anything like that. I don't think they would let the man in the locker room if they felt that it wasn't going to be a good fit."
Bucs' Gerald McCoy said he trusts team's leadership on signing players. Said "As long as he can help the team, I'm all for it."— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 25, 2014
McCoy on Incognito: "If there's a problem we'll deal with it accordingly. He would be coming to my team so some stuff would have to change.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) August 25, 2014
The overall tone is one of trust in Jason Licht and Lovie Smith, but also a recognition that what happened in Miami can't happen in Tampa, too. Gerald McCoy's quote is especially encouraging on that front, if the Bucs do decide to sign Incognito -- which is far from a sure thing.