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Jonathan Martin Looks to Revitalize Career in SF

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Jonathan Martin never considered retirement. In fact, he has visions of playing 10 years in the NFL.

Jonathan Martin never considered retirement. In fact, he said he envisions playing 10 years in the NFL.

After passing a physical to officially complete his trade from the Miami Dolphins, the newest member of the 49ers made those declarations in a conference call with the Bay Area media.

In addition, Martin said he only wants to focus on his opportunity at hand, a chance to continue his NFL career.

The former second-round draft pick is not looking back at his two seasons with the Dolphins where he abruptly left the team due to a difficult work environment.

“I’m just looking forward to getting back to playing football,” Martin, the 6-foot-5, 312-pound tackle said. “It’s a blank slate for me. I’m looking forward to revitalizing my career.”

READ: Harbaugh Eager to Work with Martin

Martin was traded by Miami for an undisclosed draft pick. Now that he’s in San Francisco, Martin repeatedly said he's looking forward to playing football for the man that recruited him to college, Jim Harbaugh.

“His enthusiasm is infectious," Martin said of the 49ers coach. "You can see it at every level of the organization it rubs off on anybody... Being with an organization focused on winning is the best thing I can ask for.”

Martin enters the team’s upcoming offseason program looking to compete for a role on the offensive line. He’s started all 23 games he’s appeared in, with 13 starts at right tackle and 10 at left tackle.

Martin has never played guard, but is willing to play in any role needed, even as an extra blocking tight end.

Martin said he has faith in Harbaugh’s smash-mouth, aggressive recipe for success.

“I think they have a blueprint on how to succeed in the NFL and in football in general,” Martin said of the 49ers coaching staff, which includes another former Stanford coach, San Francisco's offensive coordinator, Greg Roman.

Harbaugh told USA Today that he believes Martin’s arrival in San Francisco is an “etch-a-sketch” situation for the 24-year-old lineman.

When the comments were discussed in Martin’s conference call, the new 49ers lineman agreed with the metaphor.

When Martin was later asked about having regrets from his experience in Miami, Martin chose not to go deep into the topic.

“Hindsight is 20-20,” Martin said. “My focus is 100 percent on the future and moving forward.”

The future includes building bonds with new teammates. So far, Martin has begun the process by trading texts with three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley.

“I want to do whatever I can do contribute to this o-line,” Martin said. “It’s one of the best o-lines in football already… They have five great starters and I’m going to do whatever I can to help the team.”

As for relationships with other teammates, Martin will have the offseason program to build them.

“The way I’m approaching it is I have to earn my spot on this team,” Martin said. “I’m a new guy in this locker room.”

Martin has been recently taking classes at Stanford to finish up his degree in classics. The NFL lineman said he benefited from working out with his former strength coaches and being around old teammates.

Now, it’s time to start the next chapter in his football career.

“I couldn’t be happier,” he said.

Is it the best-case scenario based on everything he’s been through?

“Absolutely,” Martin said. “I think it worked out great.”


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