While reuniting with collegiate head coach Jim Harabugh in San Francisco, newly acquired tackle Jonathan Martin is ready for a fresh start with the 49ers.
The 49ers sent a conditional draft pick to the Dolphins on Tuesday to acquire the player – along with Richie Incognito – at the heart of the bullying saga in Miami last season. After passing his physical to complete the deal on Thursday, Martin is excited for the new opportunity in the Bay Area after a tumultuous year in South Florida.
“It’s a blank slate for me,” Martin said. “I’m looking to revitalizing my career, getting back to playing I’ve started 23 games to this date. I’m a young player but I’ve had some starting experience. I want to do whatever I can to contribute to this (offensive) line.
“I couldn’t be happier.”
Martin says the initial correspondence he’s had with his new teammates in San Francisco have been positive.
“I’m getting along just great with those guys,” Martin said. “I felt a warm welcome from the entire 49ers community, fanbase, coaching staff, everybody. I’m just looking forward to the future and getting back to playing football.”
With Joe Staley and Anthony Davis entrenched as starters at the tackle positions, Martin will likely start his 49ers career as a backup swing tackle.
“I have to earn my spot on this team,” Martin said. “I’m open to anything.”
Martin played in just seven games with Miami last season before walking away from the team. Soon after the first reports bled out about the relationship between Martin and his teammates, and the bullying of Martin led by Incognito. Martin didn’t play against for the Dolphins. Incognito was suspended for the rest of the season. Coaches and staff were let go in the fallout and there was a lengthy investigation by Ted Wells into the behavior of the Dolphins locker room.
“All that’s in the past at this point,” Martin said.