Report: Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin will not return to the Dolphins

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald,  both Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito will not be back on the field this season and won’t be playing for the Dolphins in 2014.

It is clear Incognito engaged in some behavior Jonathan Martin perceived as harassment or bullying. Incognito admitted to that voice mail so he’s admitted to some harassment. So he is going to be punished for that. Also, bringing unwanted publicity and attention upon his team and the league — which in of itself is a violaton of the NFL personal conduct policy — also merits punishment.

So Incognito will agree to remain suspended the final couple of weeks of this season, with pay of course, in return for a guarantee that there will be no further discipline from the NFL beyond this season. He would be free to return to the league next season.

That return, again, would be with another team. He is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. The Dolphins are not going to re-sign him.

As for Martin, I’m reporting his days with the Dolphins are finished as well. The Miami locker room that was clearly on Incognito’s side in this whole affair will not be a suitable place for Martin to make his return. He’ll be traded to the highest bidder at some point in the offseason.

Let’s be honest,  this story was huge a couple of weeks ago and now it’s like people forgot all about it.  The NFL knows how to make things go away.

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