Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin is ready to play in the NFL again.
He just does not want to be with the Dolphins.
Martin walked away from the Dolphins last season after accusing teammate Richie Incognito of bullying and harassing him. His accusations launched an NFL investigation, plus resulted in Incognito’s suspension. The investigation recently concluded, and the Ted Wells report backed up Martin’s claims of verbal and physical abuse.
Even though Incognito is not expected to be with the Dolphins this season, Martin wants to play for another team, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.
Martin’s agents reportedly met with Dolphins vice president of football operations Dawn Aponte, general manager Dennis Hickey and coach Joe Philbin at the NFL scouting combine. The Dolphins wanted Martin to return, but were told he was not comfortable coming back to Miami.
Here is a portion of that report:
“Hickey did most of the talking from Miami's side, according to sources, with Philbin ‘staring daggers’ across the room. At the end of the meeting, however, sources said Philbin expressed his belief that Martin's agents were responsible for Miami's locker room controversy reaching this point, that they were the real problem and alluding that Martin's concerns could have been kept more private and handled differently.
"Martin has not opted to sue the team or the league and wants to continue his playing career. The NFL has yet to hand down its discipline resulting from the Wells Report, but Miami recently fired its offensive line coach and head athletic trainer as fallout from the report."
Martin's representatives deny the report:
Miami’s options are to release Martin, seek a trade, or force him to honor his contract. Considering the negative attention surrounding Martin, the bad publicity would get worse if he decided to hold out.
Martin is ready for a fresh start, and the Dolphins gain more by moving on than holding on. Miami needs to rebuild its offensive line during the offseason, but that task is easier to complete with players who want to be on the team.
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