After being a victim of bullying on the Miami Dolphins, Jonathan Martin comes to a team who could revive him both on and off the field. It hasn't been an easy time for Martin, who has been consistently talked about as someone who ran away from his problems rather than facing it in regards to teammate Richie Incognito being the culprit.
With the Wells Report being released on this incident, it revealed how Jim Harbaugh has been supportive of Martin. From the report, David Shaw, Martin's Stanford coach in his last two seasons, said that the offensive lineman had leadership with a great locker room. Harbaugh said the offensive lineman is capable of having a successful NFL career with his work ethic and dedication to football as he recruited and later coached him at Stanford for three years, according to the report.
"Coach Harbaugh emphasized that he never doubted Martin’s physical or mental toughness, and he believes that Martin can continue to have a successful career in the NFL. Coach Harbaugh also said that the atmosphere in the Stanford locker room, in his view, was not materially different from that of the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room." -(Page 58)
The Wells Report had Shaw talking about how there was a good nature ribbing at Stanford, but nothing extreme as to what happened in Miami. Offensive lineman Anthony Davis tweeted positive things to say about Martin when hearing about the news.
"I'm sure Jonathan will be ready to go. He will help our team. #49ers... We are all about winning over here."
Not only did Harbaugh just verbally say he supports Martin, but the 49ers actions have backed it up by trading a conditional draft pick for him yesterday. Martin was a second-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2012 and struggled mostly when he played both the right and left tackle positions. Obviously from an emotional standpoint, it wasn't an easy transition to the professional level.
Besides playing under his former coach, Martin will be motivated from playing on a team who has been on the cusp of a Super Bowl championship in the last three years. It will be an uphill battle, but he could be a part time contributor.
On the field, the 49ers have needed to fill in a void for a reserve offensive lineman. Starting C Jonathan Goodwin will not return and Daniel Kilgore was extended last month. Martin will be part of a mix including Joe Looney, Adam Snyder, Carter Bykowski and Luke Marquardt for a reserve lineman role.
In the bigger picture, the 49ers hope to turn Martin's life and career around as he will join the team. It's a win for both Martin and the 49ers and a match that couldn't be better.