Given a recent report, that 99.99% of people were expecting, the Miami Dolphins will be trading away Jonathan Martin to "the highest bidder" in the off-season. For those of you who have been living under a rock this NFL season, the quick recap is that Martin left the team after a lunchroom incident on October 30th. It has since been learnt that this incident was part of a larger scenario wherein it's been strongly suspected (as indicative of tweets and suspension) of bullying by fellow teammate LG Richie Incognito. (Incognito has a notorious past with questionable actions.)
The NFL investigation starting to wrap up and Miami Dolphin players have not being wholly supportive of the situation resulting in Miami's announcement to trade Martin away after 2013. So what I ask, #1) should the Bills make an offer? And #2) if so, what should they offer?
Martin is a Stanford product with a good build for a tackle at 6'5" 312 lbs and ran a 5.27' 40 yard dash with 34" arms. He was taken right after the Bills drafted current LT Cordy Glenn (an excellent 2nd round pickup) in 2012. Martin had great success at Stanford protecting Andrew Luck's blindside. Incidentally Bills fans gave Martin the 2nd highest total votes after Glenn in my Draft Day Mock '12 with 22% of the vote.
Since then, Martin has struggled since entering the NFL having switched between starting left and right tackles for the Phish although the Incognito bullying certainly could have been a factor in this. Martin will need work to up his game a level, but the Bills have a great atmosphere and Marrone, a lineman/coach by trade would be able to positively work with Martin to develop.
How Martin Could Fit:
Right now the Bills could use an upgrade at right tackle. Erik Pears has been OK so far this season, but hasn't stood out too much this season and as of late, struggled with pass protection. One guy Bills fans thought could have been the starter heading into 2013, Chris Hairston has been stuck on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list this year following a leg injury late in 2012. (For more click here)
One of the Bills potential areas to target early in the draft is offensive tackle so adding a veteran this off-season would be beneficial in terms of learning curves and with regards to saving a draft pick for another area of need. Martin would challenge for the starting spot at right tackle.
This all hinges on how adversely Martin has been affected by his experience in the NFL and whether Marrone feels his players, coaches and he can work with Martin to turn around his career. My humble opinion, if Marrone feels up to the challenge, would be to offer a sixth or a fifth round pick at most. (Let's face it, our fifth round picks haven't panned out since 2006.)
So again I ask, #1) should the Bills make an offer? And #2) if so, what should they offer?