The Dolphins waited more than a month to see if there was even a slight chance Martin could play again after leaving the team last month due to harassment and bullying allegations involving teammate Richie Incognito. Saturday's decision is proof that all hope was lost for Martin and the Dolphins in 2013.
If Jonathan Martin is done with the Dolphins, will the team be able to get value for him in a trade?
In addition, there is a strong chance that you've probably seen the last of Martin in a Dolphins uniform -- period. ESPN's Lisa Salters recently reported that Martin doesn't want to return to the team. And, right or wrong, Martin is not viewed highly in Miami's locker room due to the way he handled the bullying and harassment allegations. Many teammates claimed they were unaware of Martin's issues and believed he could have kept the situation in-house instead of causing a national media firestorm.
The NFL's investigation will eventually prove whether Martin's claims are justified.
The next move is to determine what -- if anything -- the Dolphins can get for Martin. The 2012 second-round pick has talent and started at both left and right tackle for Miami. Starting offensive tackles in the NFL have value. However, Martin also comes with the label -- again, right or wrong -- of being a mentally fragile player. Teams must do their homework if they're interested in acquiring Martin.
Two teams that could have preliminary interest in Martin next year are the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts. San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh coached Martin at Stanford and knows him well. Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck also is a friend and a former teammate of Martin at Stanford. Martin protected Luck's blind side in college. Either team might be willing to buy low and take a flyer on Martin for a late-round draft pick. Martin has the potential to turn his career around if placed in the right situation.
But don't expect Miami to be the right situation for Martin -- or Incognito -- in 2014.
It's best that Martin, Incognito and the Dolphins break up this awful and explosive triangle once and for all.