Martin on 49ers: It’s a blank slate for me

Looking to move beyond the bullying case centered on the Miami Dolphins’ offensive line, Jonathan Martin made it clear his focus is on the future and being part of the San Francisco 49ers.
Martin, who left the Dolphins in October and did not return, was traded to the 49ers on Tuesday. He passed his physical Thursday, making the deal official. The Dolphins will receive a seventh-round pick in 2015 if Martin is on the 49ers’ opening-day roster in 2014.
“It’s a blank slate for me,” Martin said in a conference call from 49ers’ headquarters Thursday evening. “I’m looking to revitalize my career, getting back to playing … I couldn’t be happier.”
As for the bullying case, in which former Miami teammates were accused of harassing Martin to the point of leaving the team, Martin said: “I’m not worried about that. All that’s in the past at this point.”
The trade reunites Martin with Jim Harbaugh and several other members of the 49ers’ coaching staff who coached him at Stanford. Harbaugh was supportive of Martin throughout the ordeal and vouched for Martin in the Wells report, which investigated the Miami incident. Harbaugh said in the report that he thinks Martin can be a successful NFL player. 
Martin said playing for Harbaugh in a big part of his excitement.
“Absolutely. I think it worked out great to once again be playing for Coach Harbaugh, once again in the Bay Area,” Martin said. “Playing for a winning franchise, a team that’s had a lot of recent success. And to hopefully be able to contribute to further success with this team.”
Articulate and thoughtful, Martin said he was thrilled to get support from his new coaches, teammates and the 49ers’ fan base. He has been in communication with new offensive line mates Anthony Davis and Joe Staley and says he feels like he is at back at home.
“It’s been a warm welcome,” said Martin, who is currently taking classes at nearby Stanford. 
Martin will likely be the sixth man on the 49ers’ line and be a swing tackle. He could potentially play guard, although he has never played at the spot.
“I have to earn my spot on this team,” Martin said. “I’m open to anything.”
Martin made it clear he is grateful to be able to resume his NFL career and said he never considered leaving the game for forever.
“That didn’t even cross my mind,” Martin said of retirement. “I’m a football player. … Hopefully, I will retire after a 10-year career.”
Martin also credited former Stanford teammates and close friends Andrew Luck, Richard Sherman and David DeCastro for standing by him and keeping him focused on the future.Covered AFC West for five seasons for ESPN.com
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