BY OMAR KELLY
MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins and Richie Incognito have come to an agreement that will keep the team’s former starting offensive guard on the team’s suspended list for the rest of the season.
According to a league source, the Dolphins will continue to pay Incognito, who is at the center of the NFL’s bullying scandal that led to Jonathan Martin’s claims that the Dolphins fostered a hostile working environment.
Incognito was initially suspended four games without pay, but agreed to extend his suspension two extra games with pay while waiting on Ted Wells to conclude his independent investigation in Martin’s claims.
However, Wells’ report on the culture in the Dolphins locker room won’t be concluded till after the season. Because the Dolphins organization prefers to avoid the distract Incognito’s return would create during the team’s playoff push they have decided to pay him to stay away for the final two games.
The two parties’ agreement to extend the suspension does fall in line with the CBA.
Incognito still awaits a grievance hearing that will determine whether he should be paid for the initial four games he was suspended for after the organization learned he used a racial slur and made threats to Martin in a voice mail he left back in April.
Martin, who has been placed on injured reserve, has been replaced by Bryant McKinnie, a 12-year veteran the Dolphins traded for the week before his departure. And Sam Brenner, an undrafted rookie who worked his way up from the practice squad, started his third game as Incognito’s replacement at left guard on Sunday.
Brenner will likely remain the starting left guard for the rest of the season.
Incognito’s agreement to not force his release, or his way back onto the team for the final two games means he’ll be paid his weekly $207,612 salary for 13 out of the 17 weeks in an NFL season.