Fair or not, Martin’s short NFL career won’t be remembered for the 32 starts he made from 2012-14 but for being bullied by former Miami teammate Incognito.
Incognito was suspended for the second half of the 2013 season and was out of the league in 2014. The Bills gave Incognito another chance at redemption this February and he has since vowed to be a better person.
In March, shortly after signing with the Panthers, Martin said he had moved on from the bullying scandal.
Martin comes from an illustrious family, had stellar ugrd career.
It was determined through an NFL investigation that three Miami linemen — Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey — engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at Martin and another young offensive lineman identified as Player A in the Ted Wells report.
Last year Martin started nine games for the 49ers, and this year he was claimed off waivers by Carolina Panthers after the 49ers cut him.
Martin played well during offseason workouts, but injured his back while working out after the team completed a June minicamp. Told he would need surgery and potentially miss the season, Martin opted to retire. The Panthers would not address whether the team had any indication Martin’s back was an issue.
Experts feel that Martin has struggled on the field over recent years. Whatever the real reason for his surprise retirement announcement, Jonathan Martin’s NFL career is over. I imagine this will be my last Martin-Incognito blog.