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Friday's roundup: Panthers claim Martin off waivers

Associated Press

Charlotte, N.C. — The Panthers claimed offensive tackle Jonathan Martin off waivers Friday from the 49ers.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Martin was the primary victim in the Dolphins bullying scandal involving guard Richie Incognito in 2013.

Martin, a former second-round pick by Miami in 2012, started 32 of 38 games in three seasons with the Dolphins (2012-13) and 49ers (2014). He played left and right tackle.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says in a release Martin "brings quality experience to our offensive line."

Martin, 25, spent his first two seasons in Miami, but left the team to seek counseling after being harassed by teammates, including Incognito.

The accusations led the Dolphins to suspend Incognito for the final eight games of the 2013 season.

A lengthy NFL investigation followed.

NFL officials released the Ted Wells' report in February of 2014, finding a pattern of harassment with the Dolphins. The report said Martin was the primary target of vicious taunts and racist insults that occurred almost daily.

Teammates used slurs against Martin, threatened to rape his sister, and bullied him for not being "black enough," according to the report.

Incognito is white and Martin is black.

Following the investigation, the Dolphins parted ways with Martin, trading the two-year starter to the 49ers for a conditional seventh-round pick.

That sent Martin back to the Bay Area where he was reunited with Jim Harbaugh, his college coach at Stanford. Harbaugh left the 49ers after the 2014 season for Michigan.

Martin was waived by the 49ers on Thursday.

It's unclear where Martin fits in Carolina.

The Panthers signed free agent Michael Oher this offseason to play left tackle, and Mike Remmers played well last year at right tackle.

Martin is the second player associated with the bullying scandal to play for the Panthers. Offensive lineman Andrew McDonald, who was identified as "Player A" in the NFL's investigation, spent parts of two seasons with Carolina before Seattle picked him up off the Panthers practice squad last year.

The Panthers also signed free agent wide receiver Jarrett Boykin from the Packers to a one-year contract.

Personnel dept.

The Vikings and cornerback Terence Newman agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth as much as $2.5 million, including $750,000 guaranteed, that will reunite the veteran with coach Mike Zimmer for his 13th season.

... The Titans signed cornerback Brandon Harris to a one-year contract.

... The Bears agreed to a one-year contract with former Jaguars cornerback Alan Ball.