Report: Ted Ginn Jr. Re-Signs with San Francisco 49ers with 1-Year Deal

Joe LevittContributor IIIMarch 22, 2012

Running one of two returns on the day for a game-changing touchdown.
Running one of two returns on the day for a game-changing touchdown.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area has reported that the San Francisco 49ers have re-signed return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. to a one-year contract.

Cam Inman of Bay Area News Group confirmed that report.

This is great news for the 49ers franchise and fanbase.

The team was tops in the league in the bulk of special-teams statistical categories. It ranked No. 1 in both kickoff- and punt-return averages.

The man who contributed to the majority of those feats? Mr. Ted Ginn Jr.

Ginn accrued 800 yards on 28 kickoffs for a noteworthy return average of 27.6 yards (third in the NFL). On 38 punts, he racked up 466 yards, amounting to a 12.3-yards-per-return clip (fourth in the NFL).

Almost forgot to mention that he returned both a kickoff and punt for a score in 2011—all in the same game and separated by a mere minute-and-change, mind you. The 49ers won the opening matchup against the Seattle Seahawks because of his franchise record-setting accomplishment.

Many expected Ginn to find employment elsewhere due to his desire to contribute at the wide-receiver position on a more consistent basis.

After visiting with the Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings, it became apparent that his best opportunity was with the red and gold in San Francisco. He said so himself.

Niner Nation couldn't be happier.

Memories of the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants still endure, when backup receiver Kyle Williams replaced an injured Ginn and infamously botched two punts that cost his team (for all intents and purposes) a shot at its sixth Super Bowl title.

But don't ask Ginn to agree with you on that assertion. Just more evidence of his team-first and respectable demeanor.

Rest assured, Niner fans and franchise—Ginn and his top-five return averages are back.