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Jim Harbaugh Eager to Work with Jonathan Martin

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Jim Harbaugh shared positive comments on the 49ers trading for offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, a player he recruited while coaching at Stanford.

In order for the recent 49ers-Dolphins trade to be completed, Jonathan Martin must pass his physical in the Bay Area.

The Associated Press reported that the examination will take place on Thursday.

Even so, the waiting period hasn’t tempered the enthusiasm of Jim Harbaugh, who is eager to be reunited with his former Stanford recruit and star tackle.

“I can’t wait to give him a big hug,” Harbaugh said, via Jarrett Bell of USA Today.

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Harbaugh personally called the former Miami offensive lineman on Tuesday night to welcome him to the 49ers. Martin, a former second-round draft pick who left the Dolphins mid-season last year to remove himself from a well-publicized working environment, happened to be close to 49ers headquarters. In fact, Martin has been working on his degree at Stanford while training for his return to the NFL.

Harbaugh told Bell that the trade is a “win-win” for all parties involved.

“It’s an opportunity for Jonathan Martin to prove to the football world that he is worthy of his high-round draft status,” the coach said.

Harbaugh also said that he believes Martin should be given a new opportunity to move on with his football career.

“I think everybody deserves an Etch-A-Sketch opportunity for a second chance,” Harbaugh said.

According to Bell's article, the coach reached out to Martin after learning the severity of the lineman’s plight in Miami. When Harbaugh’s texts weren’t imemditaly returned, Harbaugh told friends of Martin that he was there for his former player whenever he felt like talking.

Now, pending the physical, Harbaugh will be directly overseeing Martin’s future in the NFL.

The coach also said his roster will be poised to help Martin in any way possible as he competes for a role on a new team.

“The burden’s not solely on the locker room," Harbaugh said, "but I’m confident the locker room will rally around those who are committed to winning."


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