Jonathan Martin, the Miami Dolphins bully victim that was the center of a huge controversy in 2013, has been traded. According to ESPN on March 11, the Dolphins traded Martin to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional draft pick.
This comes as no surprise as the Dolphins made it clear that they were washing their hands of the entire situation and that neither Jonathan Martin nor his accused bully Richie Incognito would likely be back with the team in 2014.
Incognito was an NFL free agent this offseason and will probably not find an NFL home in 2014 as he checked himself into a mental health facility to try to get help dealing with the situation. Also found liable for the bullying of Martin was John Jerry and Mike Pouncey. At the moment, Pouncey, a Pro Bowl player, is still on the Dolphins’ roster.
The fact that the Dolphins will only get a conditional draft pick for Martin shows how little interest they had in keeping him on the team. Martin was a second round draft pick in 2012 and started 23 straight games for the team. However, he walked out on the team in 2013 when he said the bullying got to be too much to handle.
Trading him made sense because he did walk out on the team, and his contract. However, there was also the chance of a possible lawsuit because Martin felt he couldn’t return to the Dolphins because of the feelings in the locker room after he abandoned his team. He will now get a second chance with the San Francisco 49ers.