Dolphins looking into Incognito for O-line

When Richie Incognito hit the waiver wire in December, the Miami Dolphins noticed.

They placed a claim on the evicted St. Louis Rams guard. But the Dolphins didn't get him because the Buffalo Bills, with a worse record, had dibs.

Incognito, a known hot head with a propensity for dumb penalties, played three games for the Bills and became a restricted free agent. With a new general manager and head coach, the Bills chose not to tender a qualifying offer.

That allowed him to hit the open market and gives the Dolphins another chance to land him.

Incognito is visiting with the Dolphins on Monday night and Tuesday. Miami Herald reporter Jeff Darlington spoke with him before Incognito went to dinner with Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano and offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo on Monday night.

Incognito spoke about making a good first impression, but I'm not sure that matters.

The Dolphins were willing to take on Incognito based solely on what they knew of him on the field and without interviewing him. Also consider the Dolphins wanted to add him to their roster at a time when they were fighting for their playoff lives. Clearly, they had no problems with Incognito's infamous ill temper then.

Even so, Incognito will have to curb his rage or endure the wrath of Sparano and Bill Parcells, men with little patience for the type of in-game explosions that wore out his welcome in St. Louis.

He committed 11 personal fouls in his four seasons with the Rams. His tenure ended when he was flagged for two personal fouls and had a sideline confrontation with Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo in one game.

"There's a fine line, especially when you play offensive line," Incognito told Darlington. "You're coached to play through the whistle, and I've always been toeing that line. Always over and back. It was a real good wakeup call getting cut in St. Louis. I was really comfortable there. I'd been there my whole career.

"Getting moved out of there to Buffalo, it really made me look at the error of my ways. It was really a blessing in disguise to get cut out of St. Louis."