Yesterday, we showed you the highlights of the “A.J. Jenkins Era” with the San Francisco 49ers, but despite those highlights the 49ers got the better deal acquiring Jon Baldwin from the Kansas City Chiefs.
In a bust-for-bust trade, the San Francisco 49ers got out of the contract that was guaranteed for two years of Jenkins for a one-year guarantee for Baldwin. This saves the Niners over a million dollars in 2014 and could be a player that — with a change of scenery — can become a contributor on offense.
Baldwin also has 41 career receptions for 579 yards and two touchdowns, which — if my math is correct — is exactly 41 catches, 579 yards and two more touchdowns then Jenkins has in his career. According to all things that use numbers correctly, that is a lot better then what Jenkins could do in his rookie season.
Baldwin is also a better fit for the 49ers offense. He is still young, 24, and has a body built for the Niners run-first offense that requires its receivers to block down field. He stands 6’4″ and 230 pounds and ran a 4.4 forty yard dash, which will allow him to block downfield and be a big bodied receiver the Niners have been searching for in deep balls and in the red zone.
Baldwin may have been a bust with the Chiefs, but the sheer fact that the Niners got rid of a bigger bust, saved money next year and may have gotten a receiver that can contribute in different ways means the the 49ers did well in salvaging a wasted pick.