Jonathan Martin has wanted some redemption since his tenure with the Miami Dolphins. The newest 49ers offensive lineman spoke to the media in a conference call on Thursday after he passed his physical and the trade became official.
"I think it worked out great to once again be playing for Coach Harbaugh [and] once again in the Bay Area," Martin said in a conference call. "[I look forward to be] playing for a winning franchise [and] a team that’s had a lot of recent success. [I] hopefully [will] be able to contribute to further success with this team.”
Four years after playing football at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh, Martin is happy to be back with his former college coach. He was recruited by Harbaugh before playing under him for four years at Stanford.
"Harbaugh's enthusiasm is infectious," Martin said in a conference call. "It rubs off of everybody. To be around [that] atmosphere and winning program is what I want to be around. [I'm] excited to be a part of the 49ers."
From an on-field standpoint, Martin will battle for a reserve spot on the offensive line. He will be in the mix with Carter Bykowski, Luke Marquardt and Adam Snyder for the tackle position as well as potentially being used for the interior of the offensive line. Martin said he never played the guard position before, but is "willing" to playing any position if called upon.
While Martin's time with the Dolphins ended on a negative note, he said he has moved pass all issues with Richie Incognito and the team. Recently, Martin has been taking classes at Stanford during the offseason.
Offensive Tackle Anthony Davis tweeted his support for Martin and Jim Harbaugh feels this is a new opportunity for him. Martin said he has already spoken with Davis and LT Joe Staley, believing he will get along well with both teammates.
Martin has appreciated the atmosphere and welcome that everyone has given him since the trade was announced. He is looking forward to being a 49er and can't wait to get things started.
"I’ve felt the warm welcome from the entire 49ers community, fan base, coaching staff, everybody," Martin said. "I’m just looking forward to the future and getting back to playing football. It’s a blank slate for me. I’m looking forward to revitalizing my career and getting back to playing."