The Miami Dolphins have agreed to contract terms with another draft pick. On Tuesday, the Dolphins reached a contract agreement with right tackle, Jonathan Martin. Martin will sign a 4 year deal worth just under $5 million. He is expected to compete for the Dolphins starting right tackle spot in training camp.
Martin is still attending classes at Stanford, so he is not attending this week’s OTA, but should be at the team’s next camp in mid-June. Martin’s primary competition for the right tackle position is Lydon Murtha, who handled the starting right tackle duties during the Dolphins OTA on Tuesday. We have also learned that Artis Hicks is being used primarily at tackle and not at guard as many had suspected.
Martin’s signing will be the 4th of the Dolphins 9 rookies. Again, because of the new collective bargaining agreement, the Dolphins and all other NFL teams should have all of their rookies signed in time for training camp. Personally, I love that the draft picks are slotted and are no longer being paid ridiculous amounts of money before ever playing a down in the NFL.
Martin was thought by many to be a 1st round talent. Before the draft, he was expected to be the 3rd tackle taken. The fact that he fell to the Dolphins may turn out to be a blessing. If he adjusts to the NFL quickly and becomes a starter in his rookie year (and plays well), the Dolphins might have gotten a steal….not only because they drafted him in the 2nd round, but because they’ll pay him, on average, about $1.25 million per season. That’s good value for a quality starting right tackle in the NFL. I like the thought of Jake Long, Mike Pouncey, and Martin anchoring the Dolphins offensive line for the next 3-4 years!