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In a recent article by ESPN NFL Nation’s Mike Wells, Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener was quoted as saying that offensive lineman Jonathan Martin “would be a great teammate for anybody to have.”
Martin, currently with the Miami Dolphins, is expected to officially be released from in the near future. Martin left the team mid-season, claiming he had been bullied by teammate and fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito.
Last Friday, Ted Wells released his independent, investigative report regarding workplace misconduct with the Dolphins. The report, which is 144 pages in length, gave evidence that Martin–along with Andrew McDonald–was in fact the victim of harsh bullying by Incognito.
When Martin does part ways with the Dolphins, he will–according to his agent–hope to continue his career and sign with another team. And, of the 31 other NFL teams, the Colts just might be the best fit for the offensive lineman heading into his third season.
Not only is Indianapolis’s locker room–led by head coach Chuck Pagano–a very accepting and loving culture, but the Colts are also home to several of Martin’s former teammates at Stanford University.
He played with quarterback Andrew Luck, wide receiver Griff Whalen, strong safety Delano Howell, and Fleener in college. In addition, Pep Hamilton–Indy’s offensive coordinator–was a coach for the Cardinal in 2010 and 2011, the two seasons in which Martin was named an All-American.
If the Colts can make room on the offensive line–one that struggled mightily in 2013–for Martin, then he just might be able to find a new home in Indianapolis next season.