5 NFL Teams That Should Take A Chance On Jonathan Martin
Teams Who Should Take A Chance On Jonathan Martin
Former Miami Dolphins left tackle Jonathan Martin, after months of speculation, finally went public with what happened in the Dolphins' locker room that made Martin decide to leave the team in November.
After Martin's claims of locker room abuse and racism, former teammate Richie Incognito was suspended indefinitely for his role in the turmoil.
While Incognito has been screaming at the top of his lungs about the situation, Martin remained quiet and is letting the investigation of Ted Wells determine what really happened down in Miami.
Plenty of the Dolphins brass took a major hit in this episode. General Manager Jeff Ireland was fired after years of poor drafts and sketchy behavior. Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was not retained following a disastrous finish which saw the offensive line constantly struggle without Martin or Incognito, and Incognito is unlikely to play another down for the Dolphins.
While the writing is on the will that Martin wouldn't be welcomed back to the Dolphins' locker room, this will not stop other teams into exploring him as an addition to their team.
Martin would have to have a lot of explaining to do for him quitting on his employer, but when he does, I truly expect Martin to be back in an NFL locker room in 2014.
Martin was a second-round pick for a reason. He is a very talented offensive linemen. In a league where offense dominates, the ability to protect a franchise quarterback and open holes for a dependable running back is a premium in today's game.
These five franchises would benefit the most by taking a chance on the former Stanford and Miami Dolphin offensive lineman.
5. Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens have the solid locker room culture and organizational stability that could take on a player like Jonathan Martin and not worry about any issues.
In the short term, the Ravens have to make a decision about free agent left tackle Eugene Monroe, and if not re-signed, Michael Oher could move back to left tackle, and Martin could have a shot at right tackle.
4. San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers would be a very intriguing place for Martin to bounce back in 2014.
Not only would the Chargers need an upgrade on the offensive line, but San Diego has been through this before.
Martin would be an upgrade over the inconsistent King Dunlap at left tackle, and a San Diego Charger rookie named Manti Te'o had a lot of media attention going into the NFL last year, yet was barely heard from in San Diego his first year.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals are the team most known for taking other teams' outcasts and making them good players with the team.
Head Coach Marvin Lewis has thrived with these types of troubled players. Adam "Pacman" Jones had question marks for the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys, then became a productive player for the Bengals.
Martin wouldn't have to play right away with a very good starting offensive line already in place, and all the off-field issues will die down with Martin learning from the bench.
2. Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts would be the second best destination for Martin.
Martin would improve a weak offensive line with the potential to be the next right tackle if Gosder Cherilus can't get the job done.
Martin would also be re-united with former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, and the Colts organization is great when it comes to their culture and locker room behavior.
1. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers would be the most ideal situation for Jonathan Martin.
Martin would be re-united with former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, and with a solid locker room and culture, Martin would fit in just fine.
On the field, current left tackle Joe Staley is not getting any younger, and Martin could also be featured in the 49ers' unbalanced lines as an additional run blocker.