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.
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.
UPDATE 11:12 p.m. ET: Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Dolphins will receive a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015, if Martin is on the 49ers’ opening-day roster.