Jonathan Martin Traded To The 49ers
By Allen Kim
The San Francisco 49ers didn’t make any major moves in free agency, but they swung two trades in less than 24 hours. After sending a sixth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Blaine Gabbert, the 49ers sent an undisclosed draft choice to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Jonathan Martin.
Martin tweeted out following the trade, “Opportunities are few in the NFL... Can't wait to get to work #9erEmpire.”
Martin will be reuniting with former coach Jim Harbaugh. Martin played for Harbaugh while at Stanford for three seasons, and perhaps his old coach can help turn his career around. Martin was a second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, but he has not yet lived up to his high draft pick.
"This is great for him to get back on the field and he's in Palo Alto right now," his agent, Ken Zuckerman, said. “It couldn't be much better. I just think everyone wanted this to happen. Harbaugh knows Jonathan, I think the Dolphins were compensated and Jonathan wants to get back on the field. It's a good day."
The pick that the 49ers sent to the Dolphins was likely a conditional late-round pick. Even if the Dolphins had every intention of trading him, they were expected to release Martin if they could not find a suitor. After the entire fiasco surrounding Martin and Richie Incognito, it was clear that Martin would not be able to return to the Dolphins. Miami at least receives some compensation with this trade, and it’s probably more than they were expecting just a few short weeks ago.
"We feel that this move is in the best interests of all parties involved," Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey said. "We wish Jonathan well."