The Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin saga continues to make headlines as Incognito has now checked himself into a psychiatric care facility in Arizona. The Miami Dolphins have already stated they are unlikely to bring either of the offensive linemen back in 2014, and now it’s beginning to appear is if neither will take the field next season.
Incognito has dealt with anger issues stemming back to his days at Nebraska where he butted heads with teammates and coaches before leaving the program to enroll at Oregon. He never lasted at Oregon, however, and slipped to the third-round in the 2005 NFL Draft to the St. Louis Rams. His character issues overshadowed his talents back then, and after his recent behavior — which has been on public display — it’s unlikely a team will take a chance on the troubled left guard.
Martin, the victim in the whole scenario, will also have a tough time latching onto a team this offseason because of the way he infamously walked out on his teammates back in October. Players in the Dolphins locker room have stated they would be uncomfortable if Martin were to return, and you can bet players on other teams feel the same as well.
While Incognito made the Pro-Bowl in 2012 and is talented enough to start for the majority of NFL teams, Martin has struggled on the field in his year and a half since coming out of Stanford. It will be easy for teams to pass on Martin who has yet to prove worthy of a starting role, but Incognito may get some attention because of the immediate help he can offer to any offensive line.
The free agency period begins on Mar. 11, and while free agents can hold out for months, I don’t expect Incognito or Martin to receive much attention during the free agency period. As the season drags on and teams lose players to injury, the two former Dolphins may receive some inquires, but the way this situation has been handled and the recent incident concerning Incognito and his Ferrari will have teams concerned about his mental stability and effect on a locker room, rendering him an outcast in the NFL community.