Interim/pseudo/general manager of the draft/we don’t know what to call him-Trent Baalke made his first move since taking over for former GM Scot McCloughan. The 49ers traded for Dolphins wide receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn Jr. for a fifth-round draft pick in this year’s draft. This was a great move by Baalke as it finally shores up our issue with not having a good kick returner which hurt the 49ers plenty of times last season. Ginn had a 24.9-yard average on kick returns last season and had two ran back for touchdowns in the same game. No one in the league doubts that Ginn is not one of the top returners in the league and this is where he will make his biggest impact with the Niners this season. Although chosen with the ninth pick of the draft in 2007 because of his skill at wide receiver in college he has been an adequate receiver in the NFL having scored only five touchdowns in three seasons. However the Niners have enough help in their receiver corps. so Ginn’s only impact on offense will be the deep threat with his speed that will open up the field for fellow receivers Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan, and tight end Vernon Davis. It is interesting to note that in 2008 Ginn had 56 receptions for 790 yards which would have lead all Niner receivers that year.
Another reason why this is such a great move is because the 49ers do not have to look for a return specialist in the draft. They can now fill other holes with their draft picks and know exactly what type of kick returner they will be getting. Any player drafted to be the returner for the Niners this season would not equal the experience or talent Ginn has in the return game.
Topics: 2010 Nfl Free Agency, 49ers, 49ers 2010 Off-season, 49ers Injuries 49ers Offensive Coordinator 49ers Preseason 49ers QB 49ers Quarterback 49ers Training Camp 2009 Free Agency Adam Snyder Alex Smith Arnaz Battle Brandon Jones Chilo Rachal Frank Gore Gle, 49ers Trade For WR/KR Ted Ginn Jr., NFL Draft 2010