Jonathan Martin traded to 49ers for conditional pick
Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin — at the center of one of the NFL’s biggest controversies this past season — is heading back to the Bay Area after the Dolphins traded him to the 49ers for a conditional pick Tuesday night.
Martin played two seasons in Miami before a bullying scandal erupted in 2013 between him and fellow Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito. Martin left the team in late October, citing emotional reasons, and levied a series of accusations against Incognito describing a pattern of harassing behavior.
The trade was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Dolphins spent a second-round pick to acquire Martin in the 2012 NFL Draft. With the 49ers, the Stanford graduate will be reunited with his former college coach, Jim Harbaugh.
The 6-foot-5, 312-pounder agreed to a four-year deal worth $4.8 million in 2012.
Martin was quick to take to Twitter to express his excitement about joining his new team:
Opportunities are few in the NFL… Can't wait to get to work #9erEmpire
— Jonathan A. Martin (@J_Martin71) March 12, 2014
"We feel that this move is in the best interests of all parties involved," Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said in a statement. "We wish Jonathan well."
The Martin-Incognito saga sent shockwaves throughout the league and ignited a conversation about how far is too far in a professional sports locker room. A subsequent investigation backed up Martin’s claims, and Incognito has since apologized in the wake of the report.