Ted Ginn Jr. Traded: Dolphins Wide Receiver Heading To the San Francisco 49ers

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IApril 16, 2010

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 16:  Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. #19  of the Miami Dolphins plays against the Oakland Raiders on November 16, 2008 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 17-15. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins continued to make waves in NFL trade news on Friday, sending wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. to the San Francisco 49ers for what is said to be a "late-round pick" in the 2010 NFL Draft, according to NBC Sports.

Ginn, a former first-round pick by the Dolphins, never materialized into the star wideout the team envisioned when he was drafted.

A very dangerous return man, Ginn returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game during the 2009 regular season.

This trade is no surprise, since the Dolphins just acquired receiver Brandon Marshall from the Denver Broncos only days ago.

Ginn was not Dolphins guru Bill Parcells' pick, so the former Ohio State star had trouble getting on the good side of both Parcells and coach Tony Sparano.

Right after the Marshall trade, some thought that Ginn would benefit by learning and working alongside Marshall, but this has now been thrown out the window.

Now as a member of the promising 49ers, Ginn fills an immediate need as their new return man. The 49ers have lacked in the return game over the past few seasons, and now Ginn gives them an advantage since he is one of the most dangerous special teams players in the NFL.

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As far as receivers go, Ginn still has a ton to learn, but he will not feel the pressure of being the top guy on the roster since Michael Crabtree is the clear-cut No. 1 receiver.

Ginn may settle into the No. 2 spot opposite of Crabtree, but that is not guaranteed with 2009 starting receiver Josh Morgan currently sitting at No. 2.

It's a great trade for the 49ers, as Ginn adds the deep threat and explosiveness they have lacked both on offense and special teams.

This also may put to bed the option of the 49ers picking Clemson running back C.J. Spiller, since he too would have helped on special teams, but never say never when it comes to the NFL draft.


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