The Jonathan Martin saga is over.
The Miami Dolphins late Tuesday traded Martin to the San Francisco 49ers, reuniting him with his college coach, Jim Harbaugh. Terms were not made public, but the Dolphins will receive an undisclosed draft pick in return.
“Big news.... Beyond Blessed,” Martin tweeted just after the news broke in the 10 p.m. hour. “Opportunities are few in the NFL... Can’t wait to get to work #9erEmpire”
Martin’s departure was all but inevitable after he publicly accused teammates Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey and John Jerry of prolonged emotional abuse. Few believed he could return to a Dolphins locker room that publicly sided against him.
However, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wanted to do right by Martin, and was involved in the execution of his trade. The team strived to send Martin to a place where he wanted to go.
“We feel that this move is in the best interests of all parties involved,” said Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey. “We wish Jonathan well.”
Martin, a second-round pick in 2012, hasn’t played since walking out on the team on Oct. 28, 2013. He ultimately went public with allegations of physical and mental abuse, spurring an NFL investigation and a national conversation on bullying.
Special counsel Ted Wells ultimately determined that Incognito, Pouncey and Jerry had indeed harassed Martin, other players and a Dolphins staff member. Incognito and Jerry are free agents looking for work; Pouncey remains on roster put could face punishment from the league.
In light of Wells’ report, the Dolphins also fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and athletic trainer Kevin O’Neill, who has since hired an attorney.
Martin’s trade came on the first day of free agency. Harbaugh, who coached Martin at Stanford, participated in Wells’ inquiry.
“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,” the report stated. “Coach Harbaugh told us he believed that Martin likely could continue to have a successful career in the NFL.”