The Miami Dolphins will hold joint practices this year with the Carolina Panthers. While that alone is newsworthy, as it is the first time the team has had joint pre-season workouts with another team during the Joe Philbin era, it was the potential matchup of the Miami defense against former Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin that was at least more intriguing for Dolphins fans.
Now, that will now happen.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Martin is planning to file his paperwork to retire from the NFL. Martin suffered a back injury that would have forced him to miss the entire year recovering from surgery, but will walk away from the game instead.
Martin was the Dolphins' second-round draft choice in 2012, coming out of Stanford. Long projected as a potential first-round pick, Miami grabbing Martin in the second round was considered a great value pick and someone who would lock down the tackle position for Miami for years. Instead, it all fell apart.
Martin began his career on the right side of the offensive line, with Miami's 2008 first overall draft choice Jake Long on the left side. In 2013, Martin moved to the left tackle position after Long left the team in free agency, signing with the St. Louis Rams. Mid-way through the season, the Dolphins traded for Bryant McKinnie when Martin's play did not reach the level of a left tackle in the league.
Then it all exploded.
Martin suddenly disappeared from the team in October 2013, with allegations of bullying coming a few days later. After an investigation by Ted Wells, the league issued a report which found Martin had been the subject of harassment at the hands of guards Richie Incognito and John Jerry along with center Mike Pouncey. Incognito, who spent the second half of the 2013 season suspended by the Dolphins, maintains that he and Martin were close friends who, admittedly, used foul language toward each other. Martin, according to the report, considered that behavior as inappropriate but was afraid to say anything.
Incognito spent 2014 out of football before signing with the Buffalo Bills this offseason. Martin was traded after the season to the San Francisco 49ers, re-uniting him with his college coach Jim Harbaugh, and he began the season as a reserve lineman before starting nine games. He was waived during the offseason by San Francisco and was claimed by the Panthers.