Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross laid down the gauntlet last week when he said he doesn’t anticipate embattled offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin returning to the team following last season’s high-profile bullying scandal.
Incognito’s situation is simple. He will become an unrestricted free agent in March and simply won’t be re-signed in Miami. However, Martin is under contract for two more years after becoming a second-round draft pick in 2012. Both are also awaiting the results of the Ted Wells report.
So what are Miami’s options with Martin?
The first option is to find another team to work out a trade. However, Martin’s trade value is at its lowest point. There are plenty of questions surrounding Martin. Can he handle the football culture? Where is he mentally at this stage? How bad does he want to return to football? Prospective teams must do their homework to get clarity.
But Martin is an offensive tackle who has starting experience on both sides. There aren’t many of those in the NFL. Perhaps the Dolphins could get lucky and get a late-round pick for Martin. One option that makes sense is the Indianapolis Colts, where Martin was college teammates with Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck.
However, the Colts and other teams could also wait for Miami to release Martin and not give up anything. It’s no secret Martin cannot return to Miami’s locker room after leaving the team last October. But that won’t stop the Dolphins from trying to get something for their soon-to-be former offensive tackle.