Jonathan Martin was certainly a hot-button subject last season.
He was at the center of a bizarre bullying case involving then-teammate Richie Incognito. Martin left the Miami Dolphins because of the situation. The story become a national story on bullying and went way beyond football.
Martin became a household name, albeit for reasons he surely wouldn’t want. However, the past few months have been much more pleasant for Martin. He is in a good place.
The San Francisco 49ers traded for Martin, a promising offensive lineman, in March. The trade reunited Martin with his coach at Stanford, Jim Harbaugh, and several assistants. The 49ers appeared to be a perfect landing spot for Martin because of all the familiarity and comforts. Plus, the 49ers have a winning, veteran locker room. Several 49ers denounced the bullying from afar last season.
I bring these facts back up only because of recent comments made by former Miami linebacker Channing Crowder. He said Martin is going to get the best of every opponent he faces because of the role he played in the situation.
Perhaps that is true, but I think Martin will be just fine with that. The truth is, as of right now, that incident is far in the past.
Yes, it is just the offseason, but Martin’s move to San Francisco has been exactly what all parties involved had hoped. There don’t seem to be any issues, and Martin has quietly fit into his new team.
The 49ers aren’t the Dolphins. The events of last year are not a subject. If Crowder is right, and there are outside influences, I simply don’t think it will have a big impact on Martin or the 49ers because the issue doesn’t exist in Martin’s current world.