Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin’s career with the Miami Dolphins is reportedly over after reports surfaced that he refuses to return to the team. Obviously, Martin will like to continue playing football, assuming he can emotionally handle it. However, it is quite clear there is no place for him with the Dolphins.
A source told ESPN’s Lisa Salters about the situation, which was confirmed through @ESPNNFL Twitter handle.
“BREAKING: Dolphins Jonathan Martin likely done for year. Source tells @saltersl that Martin wants to play again but feels he can’t in Miami.”
This really shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone considering what has all gone down over the past week.
At this point, don’t be surprised if Martin, Richie Incognito, general manager Jeff Ireland, any player that had involvement in the Martin predicament and possibly even head coach Joe Philbin are fired before the end of the season. In fact, the only chance a majority of these men has a shot at keeping their job is if the Dolphins go on an impressive win streak that ends with a Super Bowl win.
Martin is a good football player, which is why he shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a job next season. With that being said, there are several teams that might not want to take on his baggage. Bullying or not, Martin has shown that he has no problem going to the media about internal struggles with a team. Of course, if Ireland did tell Martin to man up and other various reports are accurate, Martin really didn’t have much choice other than to do what he did.
It is a sticky situation that will most likely only get worse from here on out, starting with Miami’s Monday Night Football appearance.