Tackle Jonathan Martin is indeed returning to the Bay Area. And he’ll play for one of his head coaches at Stanford, Jim Harbaugh.
The 49ers and Dolphins have issued separate statements announcing the trade. The Dolphins describe the compensation as an undisclosed draft pick.
Per a league source, the Dolphins will get a conditional draft pick in 2014. The conditions that apply to the draft pick aren’t clear; given that the draft happens in less than two months, there aren’t many conditions that could be triggered before the draft starts.
The trade itself hinges on Martin passing a physical, as the 49ers pointed out in their statement announcing the trade.
“We feel that this move is in the best interests of all parties involved,” Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey said. “We wish Jonathan well.”
Owner Stephen Ross, we’re told, was fully on board with the decision to cut the cord on the team’s second-round pick in 2012.
The Dolphins deserve credit for not drawing the process out any longer than it’s already lingered. As the franchise moves forward with a new left tackle and new hope — both for the team and for renovations at Sun Life Stadium — it made sense to make a fresh start quickly. The Dolphins could have traded Martin no sooner than today.