Dolphins place Jonathan Martin on NFI list, OL done for 2013
The 24-year-old Martin missed the Dolphins’ past four games after he left the team in October due to “personal reasons” and sought treatment for undisclosed mental health issues. His representatives later informed the club that Martin was taunted and abused by his teammates, one of whom even physically attacked Martin.
The allegations launched an explosive probe by the NFL into the culture of bullying surrounding the team and inside its locker room. Miami offensive lineman Incognito was singled-out during the investigation and suspended on Nov. 3 for his alleged role in the turmoil. Incognito had filed a grievance earlier this month but agreed to postpone it after cutting a deal that will reduce his financial losses – resulting from the suspension – to a maximum of two games. In exchange, Incognito agreed to a two game extension of his originals suspension, which would have otherwise cost him only four games in accordance to the collective bargain agreement.
As for Martin’s financial situation, the Dolphins seem to have the flexibility there and can choose how much of his base salary the player actually ends up receiving for the rest of the season. A second-round pick by the Dolphins in the 2012 NFL draft, Martin is in the second-year of his four-year rookie contract that includes a base salary of $607,466 for the 2013. The Dolphins can choose not to pay Martin at all while he’s on the NFI list, or pay his base salary for the remaining portion of the season. But according to NFL Media Insider's Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins plan to pay his salary.
Martin has started all 23 possible games he appeared in with the Dolphins before Week 9 of this season.
The Dolphins have avoided commenting publically on the situation while Ted Wells, the NFL-appointed investigator, continues look into the allegations and the team’s workplace conduct.