Next season, neither Jonathan Martin nor Richie Incognito will be playing for the Dolphins — barring a very unexpected development.
Instead, both players will be looking for new homes. And Incognito has taken to Twitter to publicly support Martin’s effort to continue his NFL career.
“I support [Martin] 100% in his return to football in 2014,” Incognito said on Twitter.
The move comes on the same day that Incognito’s suspension technically has ended. It’s a meaningless development, given that Incognito becomes a free agent on March 11. While the Dolphins could release him before then, only a departure via free agency would count toward the complex formula for determining compensatory draft picks in 2015.
Incognito also has retweeted several messages of support, including one suggesting that the sports media owes Incognito an apology. The truth, however, is that the apology (if one is warranted) needs to originate with the Dolphins, who created the clear impression that Incognito did something wrong by suspending him for conduct detrimental to the team.
If Incognito ultimately is exonerated, his P.R. consultant would be wise to advise him to take the high road, assuming responsibility for the racially-charged voice message that sparked his suspension and leaving it to others to argue that Incognito ultimately was screwed by the Dolphins, Martin, and/or the media.