Jonathan Martin will be reuniting with former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. The San Francisco 49ers will send a conditional draft pick to the Dolphins in exchange for the tackle, as first reported by ESPN.
Filed to ESPN: San Francisco is trading a conditional draft pick to %%MATCH_6%% for OT Jonathan Martin, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
Martin, subject a highly-publicized and controversial bullying scandal involving Richie Incognito, joins the 49ers with a chance to make the team as a backup tackle.
During the scandal, Harbaugh expressed his support for his former Stanford player when asked about it during a media session in November.
"I know him to be a fine person and his family. [Martin was a] great contributor as a student and an athlete at Stanford, epitomizes the student-athlete model and a personal friend. I support Jonathan," said Harbaugh.
Martin, 24, was drafted in the second round in the 2012 draft and started both at right and left tackle his rookie season. He played just seven games in 2013 before leaving the team after becoming the alleged victim of the bullying scandal.
In the Wells Report, an 144-page investigation of the combustible relationship between Martin and Incognito, Harbaugh went to bat for his former player.
"(Harbaugh) told us that he had never doubted Martin's tenacity, work ethic and dedication to the game, and that he had never seen Martin exhibit problems with social adjustment," the report said. "Coach Harbaugh told us he believed that Martin likely could continue to have a successful career in the NFL. It appears that Martin was up to the challenge of dealing with physical or verbal intimidation by opposing players during NFL games, but fell victim, at least in part, to persistent taunting from his own teammates."
The 49ers have a veteran-laden locker room that shouldn't have a problem welcoming Martin. He will compete for a roster spot with nine-year veteran Adam Snyder - due $1.3 million in the last year of his two-year deal. Martin has two seasons left on his rookie contract, making $1.3 and $1.52 million respectively.
Martin struggled in his rookie season as a starter, allowing six sacks while 99.6 percent of the offensive snaps. He played every snap and allowed seven sacks in seven games in 2013, per Pro Football Focus.
San Francisco employs a volume of heavy sets calling for six or even seven linemen at times. Martin could step into that role while backing up Joe Staley and Anthony Davis, who have never missed a start in their respective careers.
For former Dolphins OT Jonathan Martin, SF traded a conditional 7th-rd pick in 2015 if he's on 49ers' opening 53-man roster.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
*Statistics from Pro Football Focus were used in this report*
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