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ORLANDO, Fla. -- After tackle Jonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins last season amid the bullying scandal involving teammate Richie Incognito, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh publicly supported his former Stanford standout.
Harbaugh told an independent investigation that he believed Martin could still have a successful NFL career. Martin will get that chance with the 49ers, who acquired him two weeks ago for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2015.
“I wish Jonathan the best,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “I hope his career goes in a positive direction, and wish him nothing but well. I can’t speak to how great of a fit it is for him, but I wish him well in his next journey.”
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“Jonathan came into work every single day and worked his butt off here. And he played well,” Philbin said. “I hope he does a great job for them. I wish him well.”
Martin saw action in 23 games with the Dolphins over two seasons after being the No. 42 overall pick in the 2012 draft. He started games at right and left tackle. The 49ers might also get him work at the guard positions.
“Our film evaluation of him was that tackle was the best position, but he’s a smart guy,” Philbin said. “I’m sure he can do whatever any club, I’m sure he can do what anybody asks him to do.”