Former Dolphins and 49ers offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who played a major role in Miami's bullying scandal, is retiring from the NFL due to a back issue that will require surgery, a source told NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport.
Martin was waived by the 49ers in March and picked up by the Panthers; however, the back injury would have kept him out of action for the entire season, and Martin decided to call it quits.
Martin left the Dolphins during the 2013 season citing locker room issues that mainly included bullying by teammate Richie Incognito. He was traded to the 49ers, where he was reunited with his former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, starting nine games with the team.
Panthers offensive tackle Jonathan Martin is looking forward to being a part of the team, reports the team's official website. He also believes that being with the Panthers is an ideal fit.
"I'm excited to be a part of a team that's had a lot of success recently," Martin said. "I know a little bit about coach Ron Rivera and (offensive line) coach (John) Matsko and I'm excited about working with them and being successful here."
Martin, a former second-round draft choice of the Dolphins, was surprised by the fact that he only spent one year with the 49ers.
"It was a little surprising not being in San Francisco for another year, but that's the nature of the business," Martin said. "I'm glad I got another opportunity. I'm excited to be a part of this group."
Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman likes the experience that Martin brings to the team.
"Our goal is to build the strongest roster possible and add competition at every position,"Gettleman said. "Jonathan brings quality experience to our offensive line, having started 32 games in his career at both tackle spots."
Martin wants to become a better player, and he appreciates the opportunity given to him by the Panthers.
"At this point it is firmly in the past," Martin said. "I want to have a successful career playing football. I'm lucky to have gotten an opportunity here in Carolina."
The Panthers announced Friday they have signed tackle Jonathan Martin off waivers, one day after the lineman was released by the 49ers.
Martin played in 15 games with San Francisco last season, starting nine of them. Prior to that, he was a member Dolphins before being traded for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2014. The 25-year-old has started 32 of the 38 games he's played in.
"Jonathan brings quality experience to our offensive line, having started 32 games in his career at both tackle spots," Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said.
The 49ers announced they waived offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who played in 15 games last season, sarting nine. Martin, 25, was acquired by San Fran in a March 2014 trade with the Dolphins.
He has played in 38 career games with 32 starts.
49ers running back Frank Gore (concussion) and wide receiver Michael Crabtree (knee) are active for Saturday's Week 16 matchup with the Chargers.
Both players were listed as questionable on the team's final injury report, though it was reported early Saturday that Gore would in fact suit up for the game. Crabtree has yet to miss a game this season.
Offensive tackle Anthony Davis (concussion) is also active after being listed as questionable. The team had several players listed as probable and all are active Saturday, including cornerbacks Perrish Cox (ankle) and Chris Culliver (knee), safety Bubba Ventrone (groin), linebacker Michael Wilhoite (hip), tackle Jonathan Martin (illness), center Marcus Martin (knee), tight end Kyle Nelson (back) and defensive linemen Justin Smith (back), Quinton Dial (knee) and Tony Jerod-Eddie (foot).
The 49ers have ruled the following players out for Saturday's game against San Diego: Linebacker Chris Borland (ankle), cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring), running back Carlos Hyde (ankle), wide receiver Stevie Johnson (knee).
Linebacker Ahmad Brooks (thumb), wide receiver Michael Crabtree (knee), right tackle Anthony Davis (concussion), running back Frank Gore (concussion), safety Raymond Vetrone (groin) and linebacker Michael Wilhoite (hip) were labeled as questionable.
Meanwhile, cornerback Perrish Cox (ankle), cornerback Chris Culliver (knee), defensive tackle Quinton Dial (knee), defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie (foot), right tackle Jonathan Martin (illness), center Marcus Martin (knee), long snapper Kyle Nelson (back) and defensive end Justin Smith (back) were all deemed as probable.
The loss of Anthony Davis to a hamstring injury will likely result in Jonathan Martin take over at right tackle for the 49ers against Dallas on Sunday.
Martin who was acquired for a conditional seventh-round pick from Miami in the offseason, would be making his first appearance on an NFL field since Oct. 27, after which he left the Dolphins in the midst of a bullying scandal.
"I want to go out there and play a good game, you know," Martin told the team website, which is claiming that Martin improved as the preseason progressed. "Get off on the right foot, start the season right. Anthony is still the starter, but I'm going to play my best. I've started before in this league, so I'm confident in my ability and I'm excited to get it going."
The 49ers have acquired offensive lineman Jonathan Martin for a conditional draft pick from the Dolphins Tuesday, according to ESPN.com. According to the report, the Dolphins will receive a 7th-round pick from the 49ers in 2015 if Martin makes the opening 53-man roster.
Martin was at the center of a firestorm when he left the Dolphins in the middle of last season citing bullying issues within the team. This move reunites him with his college head coach Jim Harbaugh.
While NFL Network reports that it's "not impossible" for embattled offensive lineman Jonathan Martin to return to the Dolphins, the Miami Herald believes there's no chance of a return. Martin left the team last season citing locker room issues that mainly included bullying by teammate Richie Incognito.
The Herald surmises that several Dolphins players were unhappy with how Martin left the team and that they might not welcome him back. The paper also noted that if the team welcomed Martin back then the message it would send to the roster could be devastating as anyone could just pick up and leave the team without serious repercussions.
The following exchange of texts last summer with drug references were sent between Dolphins bullying scandal headliners Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, per the Palm Beach Post:
July 29, 2013, Incognito to Martin: "Pop a couple Molly (ecstacy) I'm sweeeeatin."
August 31, 2013, Martin as Incognito is trying to coax him into a double-date: "My friend Mary Jane (marijuana) has me glued to the couch. Incognito: "F***** stoner. Take a shower and get ur a** down here. These bit**** are ready."
Drug-related texts continued between the two in September.
Jonathan Martin never cooperated with an National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) investigation into the Dolphins bullying scandal that plagued him and the franchise in 2013, per USA Today.
Martin refused to speak with NFLPA attorney Richard Smith, who interviewed witnesses and examined the role of Miami management in the alleged abuse of the former Dolphins offensive lineman.
"We weren't able to talk to Jonathan Martin, which was unfortunate," said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. "But we're going to conduct our workplace evaluation and our report is concluding."
Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin is ready to start up his career again, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Martin told Tony Dungy he's ready to come back to football after missing most of the year as part of the Richie Incognito scandal. Martin discussed his time in Miami, saying he talked to coaches about his concerns, but was afraid to approach head coach Joe Philbin. Martin said he tried to be friends with Incognito. He added that he didn't want to be the type of player that snitches on his teammates. When Dungy asked Martin to prove he was ready to play, Martin responded, "I'm looking you in the eye and telling you I'm ready to play."
Former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has detailed his charges of harrassment and bullying against teammates that caused him to leave the team. He expressed his views in an interview with former NBC analyst and former NFL coach Tony Dungy.
"There were persistent comments of a racial nature, aggressive sexual comments related to my sister and my mother," Martin said. "I've spoken to my former teammates in other locker rooms across the country and I asked them, does this stuff go on? Is this normal looking razzing. The consensus was, this is not normal."
Martin added that the harrassment was meted out by others aside from fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who was suspended on Nov. 3 for conduct detrimental to the team. An NFL investigation is ongoing.
The Dolphins have placed offensive lineman Jonathan Martin on the non-football injury list Saturday, officially ending his season, as CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirms. The move takes Martin off the team's 53-man roster, as Martin has been inactive over the last four games.
There are no surprises among those ruled out by the Dolphins for Sunday against the Jets. Those listed are guard Jonathan Martin (illness), cornerbacks Jamar Taylor (hamstring) and Dimitri Patterson (groin) and running back Daniel Thomas (ankle).
Injured defensive back Dimitri Patterson (groin) and center Mike Pouncey (illness) headline the Dolphins' inactives list for Week 12, unveiled prior to kickoff against the Panthers Sunday.
Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, running back Mike Gillislee, quarterback Pat Devlin, guard Danny Watkins and defensive lineman Isaako Aaitui were also scratched for the game.
Center Mike Pouncey (illness) is the lone injured Dolphins player on the inactive list issued Sunday by the team.
The others who will not play are defensive tackle Isaako Aaitui, guard David Arkin, cornerback Will Davis, quarterback Pat Devlin, running back Mike Gillislee and tackle Jonathan Martin.
The Dolphins listed these players as inactive for Monday's game at Tampa Bay: cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin), linebacker Koa Misi (knee), guards David Arkin and Dallas Thomas, right tackle Jonathan Martin, quarterback Pat Devlin and running back Mike Gillislee.
Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin remains in Los Angeles, where he is receiving counseling and waiting for the NFL to conclude their investigation into allegations Martin was threatened, harassed and menaced by teammates, chiefly Richie Incognito, sources told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.
Martin is not expected to report back to the team in the near term, as he works with specialists and awaits clearance to return. Martin left the team about a week ago.
The Dolphins have suspended Incognito while the investigation takes place -- per the CBA a club suspension for conduct detrimental to the team has a maximum of four weeks. Incognito could appeal as well.
Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin (illness) highlights the team's inactive list for Week 9 against the Bengals Thursday. Martin left the team this week to deal with personal issues, and has no timeline for returning, according to the Miami Herald.
The remainder of the inactive list features little in the way of surprises: tight end Dion Sims (toe); offensive linemen Danny Watkins and Dallas Thomas; defensive back Will Davis; quarterback Pat Devlin; and running back Michael Gillislee round out the list.
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