49ers acquire Jonathan Martin in trade with Dolphins


Tuesday didn’t just mark the start of free agency but the start of trading season in the NFL as well. For the second time today, the San Francisco 49ers have made a trade with a team in the state of Florida.

A source confirmed to PFT that the 49ers have acquired tackle Jonathan Martin from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a conditional draft pick. The trade was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.

Martin started seven games for the Dolphins this season before electing to walk away from the team after what he felt to be repeated bullying at the hands of Richie Incognito and other players on Miami’s roster. The fall out from the accusations has been immense as Incognito was suspended, coaches and staff of the Dolphins were let go and Martin never returned to the team.

Now Martin is reunited with Jim Harbaugh, his former head coach at Stanford University. Harbaugh vouched for Martin in the Wells Report and said he believes Martin can still succeed in the league. Therefore it’s not surprising there would be interest from the 49ers to bring Martin to give him a chance at a fresh start.

While Indianapolis also seemed like a possible fit with Andrew Luck and former Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, General Manager Ryan Grigson values toughness in his players, which is a massive mark against Martin at the moment.

Previously, the 49ers also acquired quarterback Blaine Gabbert from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.

84 responses to “49ers acquire Jonathan Martin in trade with Dolphins

  1. Dennis hickey has done well so far. A quality LT, a price efficient DT that took double teams to allow jj watt to shine. And now getting rid of of a shaky at best tackle for a something in return.

  2. Awwww, I’m so happy for you Jonathan, good for you! You get a gold star and a choco chip cookie for a job well done! Every ones a winner!

  3. I’d rather have a guy who puts his team first before anything else, not this loser. Gabbert and Martin in one day…I am embarrassed.

  4. They signed Blaine “The Worst QB in the NFL” Gabbert.

    And Jonathan “Ruin a whole organization” Martin.

    Are the 49ers trying to get worse?

  5. First Gabbert and now this…Oh, this is better than the first time watching Eddie Murphy Raw.

    This has nothing to do with the bullying situation to me but ask Dolphin fans what they thought of Martin’s play. I remember watching him at RT his rookie year just getting destroyed inside and out by guy that was so average I don’t remember who he was.

  6. Dolphins get a franchise LT, got a good young DT, get a good hard hitting safety for cheap and got rid of Martin, oh it’s a great day in dolphin land.

  7. Let’s be honest here…is he going to be asked to start? Unless something happens to Staley or Davis, he’s a backup…and a pretty decent one at that. I would guess we’re talking about a pretty low pick here.

    This is a low risk/high reward kind of move.

  8. I think everyone can agree the Minnesota Vikings are the clear winner of free agency.

    What other franchise could get the best DT in the league for only 6 million a year?

    Greatness is happening in front of our eyes.


  9. Pretty sure Harbaugh and SF “value ” tough players too..considering the team is blue collar. A fresh start is good for both..but hardly think Grigson knows better

  10. Will he be blocking for Gabbert?
    Niners making some weird moves today, while losing Whitner. Comes off as odd, not horrible

  11. If only they could trade for an offensive coordinator now.

    1st down: run up the middle.

    inside the 10: have one throwing option to one receiver.

  12. Good for the 9ers, they got two premier talents for next to nothing. The QBs ranked as six round (or better) talents in the upcoming draft, like Murray, Fales, Thomas, etc. are only a year younger than Gabbert, who is a three year starter minus the time lost to a series of freak injuries. Martin was in the mix of top left tackle prospects in his draft year. Both positions are highly valuable, and both require a learning curve. So they get two 24 year olds with starting NFL experience for nothing on favorable contracts.

  13. Ten bucks says the Niners draft Michael Sam. Harbuagh is strategically setting up Balke to be fired. To win the power struggle

  14. Ponder is still in the NFL sorry to burst your bubble pftpoet….. 3rd string qb from Timbuktu High School under Harbaugh’s mentoring is better than Ponder

  15. Good ol’ Jim Harbaugh. No team was going to touch this kid for a variety of reasons that had nothing to do with football ability. Reunited with Coach Harbaugh saved this kids career and in ways probably saved his life.

    Martin gets a fresh start and hopefully Harbaugh will get the best Jonathan Martin one could get.

    Great heartwarming move in a business that is all about dollars and cents.

  16. Still blaming the white guy, huh? Even though most of Martin’s “tormenters” were black? As are most of his teammates and most of the NFL “workforce”? Where are the “diversity” police anyway? Why aren’t there EEO standards in pro sports?

  17. All the haters of Martin need to look in the mirror and make sure they lead a perfect life first. Martin has a Stanford education and will make more than 99.9% of the haters this year. Maybe if you’d have hit the weight room harder than the bong in school you’d have done something instead of being a keyboard warrior.

  18. Wow can’t beleive we got anything for this pansie.
    Jm is not worth the toilet paper I wiped my a$$ with!!! Good luck with him 49er fans cause this guy cannot block at all!!! Oh fyi if you go watch them practice and attend any games you might want to bring some tissues for his issues!!!! Thank You 49ers from every dolphins fan!!!

  19. Wouldn’t that be a great twist if the 49ers signed Richie Incognito too!

  20. Such a classy forum here. All the armchair GM’s here sure know what their talking about. Take a good look at all the comments and really reflect what a pathetic state society is in

  21. You guys can give me the thumbs down all you want, but I can’t believe what most of these comments are saying. Now I’m not saying Martin is perfect or deserves to be treated like a hero, but nobody should have to put up with that crap in their work place. I think he definitely could have handled the entire thing a lot better, but he’s a young guy who’s teammates and coaches were joining in and he didn’t know what else to do. But keep in mind as everyone makes fun of him, we’re talking about a guy who would knock most of you right on your rear end if you lined up across from him. As a football player, he’s still young and has a lot of potential. I’d take him on my team in a heart beat.

  22. This is great for Miami. Not only whatever pick they get, which is just candy at this point, but it wipes out his 2nd round rookie contract with no cap hit.

    Hickey for the win.

    Assuming it’s a late pick–gotta be–it’s not a bad move for San Fran. A fresh start with a coach he has trust with could help Martin…if he’s genuinely committed to football. Still not sold on that. But not a terrible risk, either way. The upside is outstanding for what is likely 7th round pick.

  23. After todays moves Gabbert and Martin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, it is obvious that Balkee can be replaced.
    if it’s between Balkee and Harbaugh, we need to part ways with Balkee. I mean Gabbert….CMON!!! What you thinking Trent. Were you too busy smoking your cigarettes instead of watching Gabbert try and play QB. Why would you want that guy on our team,,,,,and to give up a draftpick????? I wish we traded you to Jax for Gabbert ined of 6h ound draft pick, WHAT YOU THINKING!!!!

  24. What a great day to be a Dolphins Fan. They signed who they wanted to get and if they got a Bag of Doritos for Martin just a bonus! I do not dislike the Seahawks, but as far as NFC goes…. They just solidified the Conference for years! Harbaugh is a bleeding heart liberal chump that bought into the 59th ranked out of 64 Tackles. I hope the Niners enjoy their “Sensitivity Training”.

  25. well looky here! to the “who-would-want-jonathan-martin” crowd: we have your answer… a team that’s been lauded for it’s smart personnel decisions in recent years, a team that’s been to a Super Bowl & and three NFC Championship games in the last three seasons, and a team lead by one of the top three or four coaches in the sport.

  26. After reading half these comments, I am glad you coach potatoes aren’t under contract

  27. Martin will backup Staley. Not much risk depending on how much they gave up in the trade/ how much they pay him.

  28. As a Seahawks fan I wanted Martin or incognito as a reclamation project. Just to add depth to the offensive line . I know the pure hatred between Seahawks and niners fans but seriously The Seahawks have the most fun of any nfl team playing the game . It’s on film and a part of that fun is banding together as brothers and talking sh!t to the opponents . Which is why so many people hate them and I understand .

    But if Martin gets into the game he will be abused by any opposing team mentally . But especially by Seahawks players who will beat him up physically and mentally . I think sf can make something of him .

    Lastly any Seahawks fan clowning the trades the niners
    Have made need to look at your own team . We both (niners and Seahawks ) have a ton of late rd compensatory picks . And have few available spots for those players to make the team . So of course you trade a cpl 6-7th rd picks for proven players who you know their ability who you believe need to be coached up . The Seahawks tend to keep those picks bc they’ve hit fold with about 6-7 starters in those rds . But that’s rare and the niners don’t have the same luck , so they take the educated decision if getting known commodities .

    Makes perfect sense, but for show id love to get incognito , but for psychotic reasons I’m not sure I want that cat on my team even if Pete can control some of these nut jobs . Lol

  29. Good luck Mr. Martin in Niner-ville (it was either the Niners or the Colts), and Great work, Mr. Hickey! I never thought the Dolphins would get anything for this guy…I figured they’d just cut him.

    Dolphins “dysfunctional” no longer…..

  30. HAHAHAHA!!!

    Let’s recap…in the last 5 hours the Santa Clara 49ers have:

    1. Given up a draft pick for Blaine Gabbert
    2. Given up a draft pick for Jonathan Martin
    3. Signed a new strong safety who is older and not any better than the one they lost.
    4. Resigned a kicker.


    What a great day. The Seahawks, Cardinals, and Rams thank the Santa Clara 49ers.

  31. Get it straight. He started 7 games then the dolphins traded for an upgrade prior to him walking away. Plus now he gets to be closer to mommy and daddy so they can watch him interact with his teammates. I said it would happen

  32. Niners got a backup lineman and a starting qb today, and both for next to nothing. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about.

  33. As a Dolphin fan, I can’t believe we got something in return.
    While I had hope for Martin as a player, regardless of the scandal, his play was average to poor. To the point of a drastic mid season trade to get a benched LT to start in his place and switched back RT.
    Go thru the Wells report, Martin smoked a lot of pot, in a state that it was illegal. Wait til he uses the bullying after effects to get all of the legal medical marijuana he can inhale. Add a coach that is on shaky terms with his team. Not to mention going up at least twice a year against the kind and gentle Seahawks. Sherman’s gonna yell at him like Erin Andrews.

    Wish the 49ers and Martin luck, but the odds are stacked against you.
    As a Phins fan I’m glad we worked a deal out.

  34. Niners got 2 ex first round draft picks from 2 years ago, both coming from organizations lacking MUCH, MUCH more than the 49ers.

    These are 2 young guys with first round potential, and the 49ers got them for next to nothing.

    Can’t wait to see how Martin performs for a GOOD football team with a GOOD football coach and GOOD QB and GOOD runningback and GOOD fellow offensive linemen. Same goes for Gabbert. I’m going to laugh when Gabbert has a solid preseason. And what’s more, WHEN, not IF, a 49er OL gets injured during the season, I’m going to laugh when Martin fills the role and plays like a starter. These are two low risk, high reward pick ups for the 49ers.

    As a 49er fan, I’m happy with every single sign today. Ya, losing Whitner sucks. But Bethea will fill the shoes well and could possibly be more productive than Whitner by NOT drawing 15 yarders every game like Whitner. Plus he is faster and durable

  35. thats why the raiders NEVER make the playoffs, they already used the last dollar

  36. It just occurred to me, that Martin got his panties in a twist over alleged verbal abuse by his teammates. Can you imagine what’ll happen to the poor guy, if the 12TH Man decides to ride his butt at the Clink? Think of those happy folk in Colin K’s, headphones on the bus commercial.

    “Oh Mr. Wells, we have 68,000 football fans for you to interview in the latest Martin incident.”

  37. @pthepro49 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:54 PM

    After todays moves Gabbert and Martin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, it is obvious that Balkee can be replaced.
    if it’s between Balkee and Harbaugh, we need to part ways with Balkee. I mean Gabbert….CMON!!! What you thinking Trent. Were you too busy smoking your cigarettes instead of watching Gabbert try and play QB. Why would you want that guy on our team,,,,,and to give up a draftpick????? I wish we traded you to Jax for Gabbert ined of 6h ound draft pick, WHAT YOU THINKING!!!!
    —————————————————-What he’s thinking is, he just got another young backup QB, that when Coached up may be pretty good. It’s not they traded a 2nd our 3rd rounder, it was one of two or three 6th round picks. If he works out then it’s a good move, if he doesn’t, then no big deal, same with Martin, who may be a backup tackle or may be moved inside to guard.
    The 9ers don’t have to blow money during free agency, because they don’t have a ton of needs!
    Rogers and Whitner were liabilities in the secondary and will be replaced. (Whitner already has been)

  38. jburk003

    Martin was not a first rd pick genius. Come on, your a niners fan, don’t lower yourself to a Seahawks fan level of football knowledge, your better than that.

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