The San Francisco 49ers made a roster move Thursday afternoon, announcing that they have waived offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. The 49ers acquired Martin from the Miami Dolphins last year in exchange for a conditional 2015 seventh round draft pick. The condition was Martin making the 53-man roster, which he did. Martin served as the team's swing tackle, and saw extensive action due to Anthony Davis's multiple injuries. Martin played in 15 games, and started nine at right tackle.
His departure leaves the 49ers likely looking for a new swing tackle. After Joe Staley and Anthony Davis, the team has Chris Martin (signed to a reserve/future deal). Erik Pears and Fou Fonoti can both play tackle, but are viewed more as guards. It is safe to say the team will either sign a veteran for depth or add some talent in the draft. And really we could see both happen.
The 49ers also have questions at guard following the departure of Mike Iupati. They have three of the five starting OL spots sorted out. Daniel Kilgore and Marcus Martin will compete at center, while Brandon Thomas, Joe Looney and Erik Pears are among those competing for the left guard role. The team will likely add one more offensive lineman, and maybe two to compete for some kind of opportunity.