The bad soap opera that starred Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin finally came to an unceremonious end Tuesday when the Dolphins traded Martin to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional draft pick.
The trade that sent Martin to San Francisco for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft is the 49ers’ second questionable acquisition on just the first day of the NFL free agency period. After acquiring Blaine Gabbert earlier in the day, the move for Martin sent shockwaves around the league as neither move was anticipated from an outside perspective.
Martin’s move to San Francisco comes after a year of turmoil that centered around allegations of bullying, mental and psychological abuse from former teammate Incognito that created a media firestorm around the Dolphins organization. It saw players around the league take opposite sides as far as who they supported on the matter.
The move to San Francisco should prove beneficial to Martin on a personal level as he will be reunited with his college coach Jim Harbaugh and will remain closer to home, but will it be a good move on a professional level? Martin has had a tumultuous NFL career thus far, and as his effort and passion for the game have been under fire it is unclear what kind of impact the lineman can make in the NFL.
While there is some upside to Martin’s arrival to San Francisco from a 49ers perspective, it will not come without the price of increased media attention and speculation swirling around the team’s locker room.
Greg Douglas is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.