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Update: Panthers sign Martin; 49ers release Jonathan Martin after one season

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UPDATE: The Carolina Panthers have successfully made a waiver claim for Martin, as per Joe Person via Twitter. He will compete for  a roster spot and starting position with Nate Chandler and recently signed Michael Oher.

The San Francisco 49ers released Jonathan Martin after one season with the club, as per ESPN. 

Martin is mainly known for his role in the 2013 bullying scandal as the whistle-blower and victim of numerous Miami offensive-linemen. After the scandal, he did not return to football until his college football coach, Jim Harbaugh, traded a 7th-round pick for him.

After 15 appearances and 9 starts with the 49ers, the former 2nd-round pick was axed, only a few weeks after Richie Incognito signed with the Buffalo Bills. 

It just goes to show that, in the NFL, people with talent get repeated chances. While Ingonito isn’t a Pro Bowler at this stage in his career, he is a skilled run-blocker who mauls his opponents.

There’s a big difference between Martin and Incognito. Looking at game film of Martin’s 2012 season with the Dolphins, it’s not hard to determine why he got cut.

Martin is not a physical run-blocker, often just running into players, not to them. While fairly technically sound in the run-game, he doesn’t play with attitude to push people back. In pass-blocking, he gets pushed back often, demonstrating a lack of lower body strength. 

With Harbaugh and his loyalty to his former Stanford players out of the league, it’s unlikely Martin will get hired again. New draft picks and undrafted free agents will soon flood the market and Martin isn’t worth the trouble.

 

 

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Pressley Nietering is an up-and-coming writer. He will attend Clemson University. Follow him on Twitter @Pressme
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