49ers acquire receiver/return man Ginn from Dolphins

The 49ers can scratch “return specialist” off their list of desperate needs.


Ginn.jpgThe 49ers acquired Ted Ginn Jr. from the Dolphins in a trade this morning for a “late-round pick” in this year’s draft, reports Jay Glazer of FoxSports. A league source confirmed the trade, pending Ginn passing a physical with the 49ers. The pick is fifth-rounder, No. 145 overall, reports ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.


Ginn gives the 49ers a return specialist. The 49ers now can still pick up a player who can handle return duties in the draft, but it’s not a dire need. Ginn does not figure to supplant Josh Morgan as a starting receiver, but he can work his way onto the field as the No. 3 receiver.


He’ll compete with Jason Hill and Brandon Jones. This move clearly puts Jones on the hot seat. Ginn will suit up on game days for his return skills, which means he’ll be no worse than the No. 4 receiver on the team.

Here’s what the 49ers are getting with Ginn:



2009: 38 rec, 454 yards (11.9 avg), 1 TD

2008: 56 rec, 790 yards (14.1 avg), 2 TDs

2007: 34 rec, 420 yards (12.4 avg), 2 TDs


Kickoff returns

2009: 52 ret, 1296 yards (24.9 avg), 2 TDs

2008: 32 ret, 657 yards (20.5 avg), 0 TDs

2007: 63 ret, 1433 yards (22.7 avg), 0 TDs


Punt returns

2009: 5 ret, 28 yards (5.6 avg), 0 TDs

2008: 7 ret, 54 yads (7.7 avg), 0 TDs

2007: 24 ret, 230 yards (9.6 avg), 1 TD


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