The Miami Dolphins were able to peacefully part ways with tackle Jonathan Martin, trading him late Tuesday night to San Francisco for a late-round draft pick.
Martin, who left the team in October and accused teammates Richie Incogntio and others of harassing him, was not expected to return to the team.
But it was unclear whether Martin, a second-round draft choice in 2012, would have any trade value.
The trade ends the possibility of a messy separation had the Dolphins been forced to cut Martin or try to bring him back to the locker room.
Martin will be reunited with San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh, who was the head coach at Stanford when Martin played there.
“We feel that this move is in the best interests of all parties involved,” Miami Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey said in a statement. “We wish Jonathan well.”
Miami will reportedly receive a 7th round draft choice from the 49ers if Martin makes this year’s opening day roster.
Martin said Tuesday night on Twitter that he was “beyond blessed” by the trade.
Martin set off a firestorm when he left the Dolphins, leading owner Stephen Ross to call for a NFL investigation of his own team.
The independent investigation, led by attorney Ted Wells, found that Dolphins guards Richie Incognito, John Jerry and center Mike Pouncey harassed and bullied Martin, offensive linemen Nate Garner, Andrew McDonald, Josh Samuda and assistant trainer Naohisa Inoue.
Martin said teammates verbally attacked him with racial slurs and regularly made sexual comments about his mother and sister. Incognito, labeled as the ringleader, said he was only joking with Martin, who he considered a close friend.
The investigation also found that Martin contemplated suicide in May and team officials knew about it, sending him to a psychiatrist.
But coaches gave Martin a key role on the team last year, making him the starting left tackle. After the offensive line struggled, Martin was moved to right tackle halfway into the season. He left the team a week after the demotion, and the Dolphins are now rebuilding the offensive line.
The fallout from the investigation, however, continues. Offensive line coach Jim Turner and head trainer Kevin O’Neill were fired last month.
Pouncey, a Pro Bowl center, found face a suspension from the league. Incognito and Jerry could also face suspensions but are free agents and won’t return to the team.
The Dolphins could also face penalties from the league.
Coach Joe Philbin, who remains with the team, said he tried to help Martin when he knew Martin had suicidal issues but Philbin denied knowing about abuse in the locker room.