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Dolphins trade Jonathan Martin to San Fran

Published On: Mar 12 2014 01:19:30 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 12 2014 02:06:56 AM CDT
Jonathan Martin

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MIAMI -

Set for a reunion with his college coach and a return to the area where he played college ball, offensive tackle Jonathan Martin is headed to the San Francisco 49ers.

According to multiple media reports, the Miami Dolphins traded the troubled lineman to the 49ers on Tuesday for a conditional draft pick.

Martin played for current San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford. He posted on his Twitter account Tuesday night, "Big News.... Beyond Blessed. ... Opportunities are few in the NFL... Can't wait to get to work #9erEmpire"

Martin, 24, walked away from the Dolphins last October, citing bullying by teammates, notably offensive guard Richie Incognito. Martin reportedly sought treatment for emotional distress.

The Dolphins eventually suspended Incognito, and the NFL launched an investigation into the working environment in the Miami locker room.

The report by investigator Ted Wells, released in February, indicated that Incognito and two other players engaged in a bullying campaign against Martin and others in the locker room. The Dolphins eventually fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and head athletic trainer Kevin O'Neill over their alleged involvement in the harassment.

Harbaugh served as a character witness for Martin in Wells' investigation.

According to the report, "(Harbaugh) told us that he had never doubted Martin's tenacity, work ethic and dedication to the game, and that he had never seen Martin exhibit problems with social adjustment. Coach Harbaugh told us he believed that Martin likely could continue to have a successful career in the NFL. It appears that Martin was up to the challenge of dealing with physical or verbal intimidation by opposing players during NFL games, but fell victim, at least in part, to persistent taunting from his own teammates."

Asked last November about the Martin-Incognito controversy, Harbaugh said, "As far as that situation, there's only one thing I can intelligently comment on and that's knowing Jonathan Martin. I know him to be a fine person and his family. (Martin was a) great contributor as a student and an athlete at Stanford, epitomizes the student-athlete model and a personal friend. I support Jonathan."

Miami made Martin a second-round pick in the 2012 draft, and Martin started all 16 games as a rookie. He started seven times last season before leaving the team. Martin was a first-team All-American as a junior at Stanford.