NFL: 49ers waive tackle Jonathan Martin
The San Francisco 49ers continued to alter their roster this offseason as they waived veteran offensive lineman Jonathan Martin on Thursday afternoon.
The 25-year-old played just one season with San Francisco, where he appeared in 15 games (nine starts) at right tackle. He was acquired by the team a year earlier in exchange for a seventh-round pick from the Miami Dolphins.
Martin was selected in the second-round of the 2012 draft by the Dolphins. He started all 16 games his rookie season, but his second year was cut short after seven games following a bullying situation with former teammate Richie Incognito.
Martin struggled in a 49ers uniform last season as he was a fill-in starter for injured tackle Anthony Davis. According to Pro Football Focus, he had allowed the second-most sacks (six), and the third-most quarterback pressures (21) on the team.
The decision to part ways with Martin became feasible after the 49ers signed former Bills offensive lineman Erik Pears earlier this month. That said, the team still has to address the void left by Pro Bowl lineman Mike Iupati, who chose to ink a multi-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals via free agency.
As for Martin, he has quickly found a new team as the Carolina Panthers claimed him on waivers on Friday. He was set to make $1 million in base salary with the 49ers prior to being let go by the team.
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