An intriguing trade has taken place in the midst of the flurry of free agent signings in the NFL today.
Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the Miami Dolphins for personal reasons last season in what transformed into a controversial and heated topic over the course of the season, has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional draft pick.
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Filed to ESPN: San Francisco is trading a conditional draft pick to Miami for OT Jonathan Martin, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
Much has been made of Martin’s next team and how he would be received by a different NFL team. This is probably about as comfortable a fit as one can imagine, as this reunites Martin with his college coach Jim Harbaugh. There is also the simple fact that winning does a lot to alleviate potential drama in the locker room, and the 49ers do a lot of winning.
Martin took to Twitter to express his excitement about the move.
Opportunities are few in the NFL… Can’t wait to get to work #9erEmpire
— Jonathan A. Martin (@J_Martin71) March 12, 2014
If Martin will be able to transition away from the 2013 season and once again serve as a capable NFL lineman, that process will start in San Francisco next season.