While this probably won’t come as a shock to anyone, an associate of Jonathan Martin claims it would be “impossible” for the 24-year-old tackle to return to the Miami Dolphins in the future. Martin has not yet asked for a trade, but the associate claims that he simply couldn’t go back to that locker room.
The associate claims that despite some changes with the Dolphins front office, a reunion between the two parties isn’t going to happen after what Martin has gone through and the NFL’s investigation in the wake of the Richie Incognito bullying scandal.
A big issue here is going to be how long it takes for the NFL to resolve the matter. The sooner it happens, the better it will be for everyone.
It would probably be best if Martin was just released or traded so he could continue playing elsewhere. There would obviously salary cap implications involved in such a move that would have to be sorted out first.
Martin obviously has some talent to offer an NFL team as he was the 42nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. That said, during his rookie campaign Pro Football Focus gave him a -22.0 grade, ranking him 76th out of the top 80 tackles in the NFL. But guys can obviously learn, grow and improve. Martin has to do that, but he’ll likely be doing it in another city.
It’s still a mystery how this will all sort itself out, but it has looked for a while now like Martin would be elsewhere next season and the Dolphins would have to find someone to replace him.