The ongoing saga involving left tackle Jonathan Martin, the Miami Dolphins, and the Ted Wells report that confirmed that Martin had in fact been bullied by former teammate Ritchie Incognito is a constant presence in our daily sports news cycle. At present, Martin is still an employee of the Dolphins, but that likely won't last much longer. It's clear that the Dolphins are looking to trade or cut loose of Martin the way they cut loose of Incognito.
Naturally, because Martin went to Stanford and was a teammate of Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, Griff Whalen, and Delano Howell, there's speculation that the Indianapolis Colts could make a play for Martin. Martin was also coached by current offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, who held the same job at Stanford when Martin was there.
Recently, Andrew Luck was a guest of NBC Sports Network's Pro Football Talk show, which is the TV show that feature's PFT.com's Mike Florio, and Luck was asked point blanc if the Colts had had internal discussions about Jonathan Martin.
"No," answered Luck.
Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooook. So, another question they asked is if the Colts wanted to bring Martin onto the team, would he (Luck) be 100% in favor of that.
"Yeah," Luck answered.
Careful answers, Andrew. Careful, indeed.
Luck went on to say that he spoke to Martin as recently as this week, and that he cares very much for his former Stanford
I'd say I love Jon. We had a great time at Stanford together. I still stay in touch with him, regularly. He's a great man.
The full interview with Luck and PFT will be available on Friday at NBCSN.
As for Martin potentially joining the Colts, Florio thinks it a possible scenario. I do not. My reasons:
- The Colts have a ton of money invested in Gosder Cherilus and they are very high on left tackle Anthony Castonzo, who is a better player overall than Martin at this point.
- Martin can't play guard. Or, if he's willing, there would need to be some development time.
- Why trade a valuable pick (or picks) in a deep draft for a potential back-up in Martin? It makes no sense.
Personally, I hope Martin revitalizes his career and finds happiness. He's been through a lot, and I sympathize with him. However, from a football standpoint, the Colts don't need him. They have other holes on their roster that desperately need addressing.