The San Francisco 49ers acquired offensive tackle Jonathan Martin from the Miami Dolphins Tuesday in exchange for a conditional draft pick, according to a report.
ESPN.com reported the deal. Martin, who was in his second year with the Dolphins after they drafted him in the second round out of Stanford in 2012, was at the center of a bullying scandal that rocked the NFL last season.
The 24-year-old left the team after seven games and did not return. An investigation conducted on the league’s behalf found that teammates Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey persistently harassed Martin, along with another Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.
The trade reunites Martin with San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh, who was head coach at Stanford for two of his three seasons there.
Martin was a two-time All-American with the Cardinal, helping the line allow just six sacks as a sophomore in front of standout quarterback Andrew Luck.
Martin started all 16 games as a rookie, splitting time between left and right tackle, and was settling in at left tackle before the scandal erupted with Martin abruptly leaving the Dolphins on Oct. 28.
Incognito was subsequently suspended by the Dolphins and sat out the rest of the season and is now a free agent.
The draft pick in the trade is a conditional seventh-rounder in 2015 is Martin makes the 49ers 53-man roster out of training camp this summer.
“This is great for him to get back on the field and he’s in Palo Alto right now,” Martin’s agent, Ken Zuckerman, told ESPN.com. “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.”
Martin took to social media after the trade:
Opportunities are few in the NFL… Can’t wait to get to work #9erEmpire
— Jonathan A. Martin (@J_Martin71) March 12, 2014
The 49ers have two pretty good tackles already in three-time Pro Bowler Joe Staley on the left side and Anthony Davis—who has started every game in his four years with the 49ers since he was drafted 11th overall in 2010—on the right. Martin has two years remaining on his four-year, $4.8 million rookie contract.