Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito says he’s retiring citing issues with his liver and kidneys


Buffalo Bills left guard Richie Incognito says he is retiring after 12 seasons in the NFL because of medical issues.

“My liver and kidneys are shutting down,” Incognito told the Buffalo News. “The stress is killing me. It’s just about doing what’s right. I just want to be in the Hall of Fame.”

Incognito, 34, sent a tweet to the NFL Players Association and its assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah on Tuesday, saying that he was “done.”

Sports Illustrated reported earlier Tuesday that Incognito was “strongly considering retiring,” but might return for a final season in 2018 “at the right price.”

Neither Incognito nor the Bills responded a request for comment from ESPN.

Incognito took a $1.675 million pay cut last month to remain with the Bills for the final season of a three-year contract he signed in 2016. He will now earn $4.75 million in 2018.

On Thursday, Incognito fired his agency, Athletes First, on Twitter:

Incognito has made the Pro Bowl in each of the past three seasons after signing with the Bills in 2015. He was out of football in 2014 after being suspended by the Miami Dolphins in 2013 as part of a bullying scandal.

Incognito’s potential retirement would mark the third high-profile departure from the Bills’ offensive line this offseason. Center Eric Wood in January announced the end of his career because of a neck injury, and left tackle Cordy Glenn was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals in March.

Source : ESPN