Monday, January 27, 2014
Would the Colts pursue Jonathan Martin?
By Mike Wells
This was one of the questions I received for the Colts mailbag last week. I had to check in with ESPN.com Dolphins reporter James Walker to get a better indication of what Martin’s status is with the team before discussing him. Walker said the expectations are for the Dolphins to part ways with Martin in some fashion but of course there's no guarantee of that.
Let’s go ahead and assume the Dolphins find a way to go in a different direction with Martin. He would have to slide to guard because the Colts are set at tackle with Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus, who both had good seasons.
One thing you do have to worry about: Will there be any players inside the locker room who question Martin's toughness? That may be the case in most locker rooms.
There’s obviously the Stanford connection with Andrew Luck, Griff Whalen, Coby Fleener and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. They all spoke highly of Martin publicly and privately when asked about him after the news broke about what was reportedly happening in Miami between him and Richie Incognito. The Colts approach their locker room with a family attitude and the players respect Luck, so his voice and opinion carries a lot of weight. So I don't think there would be any issues with Martin and the Colts. It would be a good fit if he can play guard.