Jonathan Martin opened up to the media Thursday night on a conference call. Extremely grateful to be a San Francisco 49er, Martin has left the bullying debacle behind him in Miami.
It’s a blank slate for me. I’m looking to revitalize my career, getting back to playing … I couldn’t be happier.
Jim Harbaugh supported Martin throughout the scandal and investigation, even offering a strong defense of Martin’s character and mental toughness to Ted Wells as he compiled the “Wells Report” as the investigation into the Miami Dolphins locker room has become known. As for how Martin’s situation ended up, here is what the new 49er had to say:
Absolutely. I think it worked out great to once again be playing for Coach Harbaugh, once again in the Bay Area, playing for a winning franchise, a team that’s had a lot of recent success. And to hopefully be able to contribute to further success with this team.
It is not every day one goes from being unwanted in a locker room he does not want to be in to being welcomed into the locker room of a perennial contender. Though Martin will not likely start–he will almost certainly be a swing tackle and backup interior and exterior lineman–Martin will surely see plenty of minutes in the 49ers’ oft-used jumbo sets. This is a great deal for Martin, and for only the cost of a conditional 7th-round pick, could be an excellent pick-up for San Francisco as well.