What would Vikings Training Camp be without some offensive line concern and a major controversy for us to talk about? Ask Mike Zimmer. He was creating Anthony Barr trade rumors earlier in the week…
Nick Easton is getting a second opinion on his neck and back from Dr. Jack Kelley in New Haven, Conn. He should have a resolution in 24-48 hours, according to a league source.
— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) August 8, 2018
Easton, Pat Elflein and Mike Remmers have all missed various amounts of time throughout training camp. Elflein is working his way back from the gruesome end to his season in the NFC Championship Game (nobody cares Eagles fans) while Remmers is working back from an injury he suffered early in camp. Needless to say the offensive line is a little thin. So, with more offensive line concerns than we’ve even had in recent years, someone needed to provide the fireworks we’ve all been missing. Enter……….Richie Incognito?
Updated to include an interview with Richie Incognito from a week ago in which he mentioned getting a call from the Vikings. https://t.co/zWZBM3bNhy
— Matthew Coller (@MatthewColler) August 7, 2018
If you aren’t familiar with the escapades of Richie Incognito, a simple google search will get you caught up on a laundry list of red flags that just scream bad news for the Vikings. Like this, and this, oh and this one too. Vikings fans were pretty split on the idea of adding Incognito. Some fans noted the current state of the offensive line depth as a good reason to add a player of Incognito’s caliber (at least in on the field production when he was at his prime). Others raised valid concerns about how it would affect the locker room.
Oh wait Mike Zimmer wants the microphone?
Mike Zimmer was asked whether the Vikings reached out to or expressed interest in Richie Incognito…
File this one under: Don't ever change, Zim. pic.twitter.com/ipych6hjiv
— Dave Schwartz (@Dave_Schwartz) August 8, 2018
Side note: Mike Zimmer is the GOAT.
Wait, wait, wait — so Zimmer says there is no interest whatsoever in Incognito? Is Zimmer telling the truth or is Incognito?
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) August 7, 2018
Note: Incognito deleted the original tweet he posted saying “MIKE ZIMMER IS A FUCKING LIAR”
Incognito also attempted to show his receipt, posting screenshots of text messages (that have since been deleted) he exchanged with recently deceased Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano. Sparano appears to show a desire for Incognito to play in Minnesota, which is understandable considering the history the two have going back to Sparano’s head coaching stint in Miami. The conversation, however, never gets to any point that could be seen as substantial interest or materializing to anything even close to a visit.
First, Richie held his ground and tried to hit back.
Also while we are on the subject of posting texts from a person who just recently died:
And finally, the apology:
I would also like to apologize to Coach Mike Zimmer. My bad dude! Tony was a father figure to me. Still dealing with his loss ✝️
— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) August 8, 2018
So it appears as though the Vikings will not be signing Richie any time soon, but we definitely can’t get through a single training camp without something ridiculous happening.