We’ve all heard the story by now. The Miami Dolphins’ franchise has been absolutely dominated by the Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin saga over the past couple of months and it has finally come to a point where things may be settling down. After all, neither players are with the team at the moment and the Dolphins have a playoff spot to fight for.
After Incognito’s racial slurs were released for all to see, he was immediately labeled as the enemy. Oddly enough, his teammates came to his defense immediately. Whether right or wrong, the fact that Incognito was looked at as “just being Richie” seems to indicate that the players weren’t too fond of taking Martin’s side in this case.
With that in mind, it has been officially reported that the Dolphins will part ways with Martin in 2014. Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald is stating that the team is going to attempt to move the 24-year old offensive lineman this offseason.
“As for Martin, I’m reporting his days with the Dolphins are finished … the Miami locker room that was clearly on Incognito’s side in this whole affair will not be a suitable place for Martin to make his return,” Salguero wrote. “He’ll be traded to the highest bidder at some point in the offseason.”
An intriguing part of this report, though, is that Salguero also stated that Incognito’s days with the Dolphins are still no more. Many wondered if he would be reinstated by the team eventually, but Salgeuero wrote that “Incognito’s days in Miami are over.”
For the Dolphins to part with Martin, specifically, is the right move. I believe Salguero is correct in saying that Miami is absolutely no place for Martin to return to. After the entire situation that has happened, ‘awkward’ wouldn’t even begin to describe a potential return to the Dolphins for Martin.