From Miami’s perspective, the deal gives both the Dolphins organization and Martin a fresh start. For the 49ers, they acquire a 2012 second-round selection on a low-risk trade.
Still just 24, Martin started all 16 games in 2012 for the Dolphins at right tackle and did the same at left tackle for seven games in 2013 before leaving the team. Martin went from an unknown in the world outside of football to a front page mainstay for months thanks to the Richie Incognito scandal. It was presumed from the get-go that the club would move on from both Martin and Incognito in an effort to revamp their locker room. With Incognito in NFL limbo and Martin on his way to San Francisco, the Dolphins have all but turned the page on an ugly chapter in their franchise’s history.
The trade reunites Martin with his former coach at Stanford, Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh spoke highly of Martin’s character in the now infamous Wells Report.
Martin will come to San Francisco in support of offensive tackles Joe Staley and Anthony Davis. The deal marks the second swap by the 49ers today. Earlier, they acquired Blaine Gabbert from the Jaguars for a low draft pick.