If you have not heard by now the Ted Wells report regarding Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito, and the Miami Dolphins then you are living under a rock.
Recently Martin’s agents met with Dolphin officials because the Dolphins were interested in Martin returning to the team this season. Yet, Martin has no interest returning to them, so that leave Miami in a bit of a pickle. Do you try to trade the former second round pick or do you release him and let him go for nothing?
Martin was taken in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft as a future projected left tackle out of Stanford University. He played his first season at right tackle as All Pro tackle Jake Long was still with the team, but when he left and signed with the St. Louis Rams last summer that allowed Martin to move to left tackle.
Martin struggled mightily in his few games he played at left tackle, appearing slow in pass blocking and giving up his fair amount of penalties. He left after the seventh game of the season and never returned. This is where the Colts come into play.
The face of the Colts franchise right now is Andrew Luck, and the two share a link. The both played together while at Stanford. You quickly share a bond with someone who protects your blindside and keeps you on your feet like Martin did for Luck. So when Luck was asked by Pro Football Talk this week about Martin possible joining the Colts he had a quick answer, “Yes”.
Luck went onto speak about Martin by saying ” I’d say i love Jon, we had a great time at Stanford together, still stay in touch with him regularly and I think he’s a great man.”.
Read into Lucks words how you want, but the bottom line is if anybody could help put Martin’s recent past behind him it would be Luck and the Colts. Having several former college teammates around him in Luck, Colby Fleener and Griff Whalen, would be a tremendous advantage for him.
Martin would not be forced to come in and play left tackle, a position he is not fitted for in this league. He could take either take Gosder Cherilus’s spot at right tackle or move to the interior line at guard.Martin is listed at 6’5″ and 312 pounds while Cherilus is listed at a massive 6’7″ and 314 pounds, so Martin would be the better fit inside the line. Both had high expectations when entering the league and have struggled at times For a unit that started more different combinations than any other unit in the league last year the addition would help the Colts.
So the bottom line here is if the Colts should trade for Martin or allow the Dolphins to release him and go from there. I suspect the Colts to look into seeing if any other teams in the league have an interest in Martin, and if they do the Colts could bring him in for a late round draft pick.
Do not expect GM Ryan Grigson to give up anything more than a fifth round pick because of all the media baggage that would come with Martin.