Fooch's Note: Adam Schefter is now reporting the 49ers gave up a conditional 2015 7th round pick for Martin, conditional on him making the 2014 opening week roster. That basically means it's a free tryout for the 49ers.
The San Francisco 49ers are not messing around today. Adam Schefter is reporting the 49ers are trading a conditional draft pick to the Miami Dolphins for offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. The connection is obvious given Martin's time at Stanford with Jim Harbaugh. There are no specifics on the pick at this point, but if it's conditional, that would seem to make it at least a 2015 draft pick. My guess is it ends up a seventh round pick based on playing time.
The 49ers are set at offensive tackle, but their swing tackle remains a question mark. Adam Snyder is the primary backup on the offensive line, but he is best suited on the interior at this point. Alex Boone swung outside when Joe Staley and Mike Iupati were both hurt, but that is not the best long-term solution. Luke Marquardt and Carter Bykowski will compete for an opportunity back there, but adding Martin boosts that competition. And if Joe Looney can handle interior line work, it does not bode well for Adam Snyder's future with the team. At the very least, it creates a whole lot of competition. Iron sharpening iron, and that sort of thing.
The key is how the conditional pick shakes out. Ideally, the Dolphins only get a pick if Martin makes the roster or plays a certain number of snaps. If that's the case, it turns into basically a free tryout for the 49ers. When Martin rumors first bubbled up, there was mention by some fans about potentially moving him inside to guard. There is no word that he can play guard, so I can't really comment on that for now.