According to a source given to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with WR Ted Ginn Jr., on a one-year deal. The news comes as no surprise, as I have been told by my source weeks ago that Ginn was already looking for other destinations.
Ginn became dispensable once RB LaMichael James took over kickoff return duties mid-way through the season. Ginn did not offer much on the table, other than a return specialist, which greatly diminished his value. His chances of making the 49ers roster, became even less likely, after the 49ers signed WR Ricardo Lockette and trading for WR Anquan Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens.
In the end, it became a numbers game, as the 49ers already had WR Michael Crabtree, WR Anquan Boldin, WR Mario Manningham, WR Kyle Williams, WR A.J. Jenkins, and WR Ricardo Lockette at their disposal. With Ginn now off to the sunshine state, who will be the punt returner? Some candidates may include James, Williams, and CB Chris Culliver. Yes, that is right Culliver. He was a returner for the South Carolina Gamecocks in college, and did a good job in that role.
With Ginn moving on, that makes four players that have left the 2012 NFC Champions, the others being NT Isaac Sopoaga (Philadelphia Eagles), DE Ricky Jean-Francois (Indianapolis Colts), and TE Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans).