SANTA CLARA -- Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin "couldn't be happier" at the reception he received Thursday upon officially joining the 49ers. That differs vastly from last season's bullying scandal that prompted his Miami Dolphins exit.
"I felt a warm welcome from the entire 49ers community, fan base, coaching staff, everybody," Martin said Thursday on a media conference call. "I'm looking forward to the future and getting back to playing football."
Martin left the Dolphins in late October after constant harassment that was confirmed by a league investigation.
While he said he was willing to resume his career anywhere, he's thrilled it was the 49ers who traded for him Tuesday for a conditional 2015 draft pick. Martin passed a physical Thursday to complete the trade.
"It worked out great, to once again play for Coach (Jim) Harbaugh, to once again be in the Bay Area, to play for a winning franchise that's had a lot of recent success, and hopefully I'll be able to contribute to further success," Martin said.
The 49ers have reached the NFC Championship game in each of Harbaugh's three seasons since leaving Stanford, where he coached Martin after recruiting him out of Southern California.
Martin has been finishing his bachelor's degree (in Classics) at Stanford since leaving the Dolphins, as well as working out with the Cardinal's strength coaches.
He's played only tackle in his career -- 23 starts for the Dolphins -- but he didn't rule out auditioning at guard, center, even "heavy tight end," or basically whatever the 49ers need him.
"Any time we acquire a player we give him a clean slate, along with every opportunity to demonstrate his value to our organization, both on the field and in the community," general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "It will be no different in Jonathan's case."
Harbaugh, in interviews Wednesday with USA Today Sports and The Associated Press, compared Martin's NFL reboot to that of an Etch-A-Sketch toy.
Martin's response: "That's a great analogy. It's a blank slate for me. I'm looking forward to revitalizing my career and getting back to playing."
Martin has received messages of support from Joe Staley and Anthony Davis, the 49ers' entrenched starting tackles.
"I have to earn my spot on this team. I'm the new guy in the locker room," Martin added. "They have one of the best O-lines. I do have some starting experience. I've played both right tackle and left tackle. But at the same time, I'm open to anything."
Martin said he never considered retiring while his Dolphins saga unfolded. "All that's in the past at this point," Martin said. "My focus is 100 percent on being a member of the 49ers, playing on this line and helping this team win football games."
After Carlos Rogers' release Tuesday, the 49ers need a slot cornerback, and that's where Thurmond lined up for the Super Bowl-champion Seahawks.
From last spring through last season, several players bounced from the 49ers to the Seahawks, and vice versa, before the teams met in the NFC Championship in Seattle.
Has been finishing his degree, working out
As Stanford's coach, now 49ers coach recruited Martin.
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