Posted: 9:14 pm Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Dolphins re-sign offensive lineman Richie Incognito to 3-year deal 

By Post Staff

Richie Incognito apparently got the message.

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano told Incognito, once voted one of the NFL’s dirtiest players, that he better be on his best behavior after the team signed him last summer as a free agent.

Incognito not only started all 16 games for the Dolphins in 2010, but he did so without incident, committing just three penalties all season (with no personal fouls) and serving as a model citizen on and off the field. The Dolphins rewarded Incognito today with a three-year contract extension, according to a league source.

Financial terms are not yet known, but the Dolphins were able to sign Incognito before the current CBA expires and teams will no longer be able to sign free agents.

Incognito, 27, started 14 games at left guard in 2010 and two at center, allowing four sacks all season. He could be the team’s center for 2011 as a replacement to the inconsistent Joe Berger, who may return in a backup role. The website ProFootballFocus rated Incognito as the 17th-best guard in the NFL last year out of 82.

Incognito came to Miami after being cut from St. Louis in 2009 following a string of personal foul penalties and run-ins with fans, and finished the season in Buffalo. Last year was only the second time in his six-year career that Incognito started all 16 games.

The Dolphins will still look to improve the interior offensive line in the draft and free agency, particularly at both guard spots if Incognito moves to center.