MIAMI -- Perhaps the first potential trade partner for embattled offensive tackle Jonathan Martin stepped forward this week.
In an interview with Pro Football Talk, Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck said he would be 100 percent in favor of adding Martin to the Indianapolis Colts. Martin and Luck are friends and former college teammates at Stanford. Martin was Luck’s blindside protector and the pair won a lot of games together.
“I’d say I love Jon, we had a great time at Stanford together, still stay in touch with him regularly and I think he’s a great man,” said Luck, who also added he'd welcome Martin to Indy.
This has to be music to Miami’s ears. The Dolphins are expected to trade or release Martin this offseason following the high-profile bullying scandal. The 144-page Ted Wells report pulled the curtain back on Miami’s locker room culture, and it wasn’t pretty. However, many Dolphins players believe the whole thing was blown out of proportion by Martin and don’t want him back in their locker room.
Luck does not make the personnel decisions in Indianapolis -- general manager Ryan Grigson does -- but the franchise quarterback’s opinion goes a long way. Luck’s endorsement opens the door for locker room acceptance with Martin, which is exactly what the offensive tackle needs next season. It also could open dialogue between Miami and Indianapolis.
There are not a lot of trade options at this point for Martin. Miami may have to outright release him. But it's clear one team the Dolphins should reach out to is Indianapolis.