Richie Incognito’s Retirement Would Leave a Glaring Hole on an Already Sparse Offensive Line

Ignoring for a moment the clamorous fashion with which Buffalo guard Richie Incognito has recently fired his agent via Twitter and now, in a conversation with Peter King on Tuesday, revealed his intention to retire, let’s state the completely obvious: Should Incognito follow through on those plans, the Bills are in a great deal of trouble.

No NFL team has had their offensive line pilfered quite like the Bills had this year, who lost Pro Bowl center Eric Wood to retirement back on January 26, and traded stalwart tackle Cordy Glenn to the Bengals on March 12. The only linemen on the current roster who have played significant NFL snaps are Russell Bodine, Vladimir Ducasse, John Miller, Dion Dawkins, Jordan Mills and Marshall Newhouse—as it stands right now, this is a unit without a true anchor.

While plenty of NFL teams have had moderate success cobbling together portions of their offensive line, it’s impossible to argue that the Bills will be content with this starting lineup fronting a run-first offense and potentially protecting a first-round selection at quarterback.

It would also be impossible to argue that a soon-to-be 30-year-old LeSean McCoy is thrilled with the prospect of another 287 carries in this current setup. Let the trade chatter, and the mention of McCoy’s middle of the road dead money

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