By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 30th, 2013 at 11:57 pm EST
There’s no guarantee that Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin will return to the team in the future.
He’s already been informed that he will not return to the team for the remainder of this season after leaving the team in October over being bullied. Yet, his official status with the team is being called an illness.
Yet, it’s going to be very hard for Martin to return to the team after breaking the code of the locker room. So, that means that while the Dolphins make changes in the off-season that will likely include the firing of general manager Jeff Ireland and other coaching staff members, Martin will likely move on, as well, according to a source.
This source indicated that there’s two teams that Martin could be traded to that would accept him into their locker rooms. Those teams are the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts.
With the 49ers, Martin would go to a team that plays close to his family home in California. In addition, the 49ers play less than an hour from where Martin played college football at Stanford.
At Stanford, Martin was a two-time All-American in 2010 and 2011. He would then leave college after his junior year for the NFL draft.
Then, he would have to move to the East Coast after being a second-round pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was chose with the 42nd overall pick, and was regarded as the third best tackle behind Matt Kalil and Riley Reiff.
According to ESPN’s Lisa Salters, Martin said he would never play again for the Dolphins. Thus, a move would make the most sense.
With the 49ers, he would back up All-Pro tackles Joe Staley and Anthony Davis. Both were former first-round draft picks that could mentor Martin.
Also, the Colts also have two former first-round tackles that could mentor Martin, as well. In Indianapolis, it is Gosder Cherilus and Anthony Castonzo, who protect Andrew Luck’s blind-sides.
Yet, while he would have to be a back up with these teams, that is something he is not familiar with in his young career. He has started all 23 games in his career, including 7 games this year at left tackle.
But the Colts have an advantage over the 49ers, should a move be made, as Martin is best friends with Luck, the Colts starting quarterback. The two used to be roommates at Stanford, as well.
With the saga at the Dolphins expected to end soon, it is time for Martin to move on to play the rest of his career.