A league source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Friday that Incognito can sign a contract, but he can't be paid or play until he undergoes a comprehensive evaluation by NFL-NFL Players Association designated medical advisors. Commissioner Roger Goodell must review their report and recommendation.
This puts another obstacle in the way of Incognito's return to the league. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver notes that Incognito has a history with Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson and offensive line coach Tony Sparano, but they ultimately aren't making personnel decisions.
Incognito has visited three separate treatment facilities for substance abuse and mental-health issues in the past several weeks, according to Silver.
We haven't mentioned the football aspect. Even if Incognito had no other issues, borderline starters over 30 years old don't have an easy time finding jobs in free agency. Incognito has an uphill battle to find an organization that wants to bring him aboard with so much uncertainty surrounding him.