Even if this fiasco gets worked out and Jonathan Martin decides to continue his NFL career, there’s a good chance it won’t be with the Miami Dolphins. If that’s the case, what team would be a fit for the former Stanford standout?
The most logical landing spot for Martin is the Indianapolis Colts.
If Martin were to sign with the Colts, he’d be entering one of the most stable locker rooms in the NFL – headed by former college teammate and rising star quarterback Andrew Luck. Since taking over as the starter in Indianapolis, Luck has earned the respect of his teammates. Even if Martin faced adversity upon joining the Colts, Luck would make sure to stomp it out quickly and make his fellow Stanford alum feel at home.
Martin would also find another familiar face in Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, who held the same position at Stanford during Martin’s days down on the Farm. Teaming with Luck, Hamilton would help create a nurturing environment for the shaken offensive tackle.
On top of that, Indianapolis could definitely benefit from extra help along the offensive line. The Colts already have Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus as their starting tackles, but only boast Jeff Linkenbach as their swing tackle. The backup tackle and fill-in guard has struggled in limited action this season, which could open an opportunity for Martin to steal the swing tackle job.
Martin hadn’t played great in his eight games with the Dolphins this season, but clearly has potential to be a starter considering his first-round pick status. In a more-welcoming situation with a stable team, he might be able to unlock some of the promise he showed coming out of college.
It’s still to be seen what happens with this sticky situation, but don’t be surprised to see the Colts pursuing Martin if the opportunity arises.