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49ers Trade AJ Jenkins To Chiefs For Jon Baldwin

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Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images.
Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images.

The San Francisco 49ers have traded WR A.J. Jenkins to the Kansas City Chiefs for WR Jonathan Baldwin.

Reports out of training camp and throughout preseason have been bad for Jenkins and Baldwin. Both players are former first-round draft picks (Jenkins was selected with the 26th overall pick in 2011, and Baldwin was taken 30th overall in 2012), and they have been major disappointments for their respective teams. Now, it appears that they’ll have an opportunity to disappoint their new teams.

There were rumors that Jenkins’ roster spot was in jeopardy, and it was especially concerning considering the depleted receiver corps in San Francisco. Jenkins had a prime opportunity to carve out a significant role for himself in the 49ers offense with Michael Crabtree out for most of the season, and he has clearly failed to capitalize on the opening.

“We would like to thank A.J. for his efforts as a member of the 49ers and wish him all the best with the Kansas City Chiefs,” said 49ers GM Trent Baalke. “We are pleased to add Jonathan to our team and look forward to incorporating him into our offense. Both players have been presented a great opportunity for a new beginning with their respective teams.”

Chiefs coach Andy Reid was reportedly growing frustrated with Baldwin and his troubles catching passes (you know, the main thing all receivers are paid to do), and entering his third season in the league, he had bust written all over him. Baldwin fell behind Donnie Avery on the depth chart, and his roster spot on the team was clearly in danger well before today’s trade.

Perhaps a change of scenery is exactly what each player needs, but it’s hard to see them suddenly getting their acts together with their lack of production up until this point. The 49ers and Chiefs apparently saw enough to know that they weren’t going to get much else out of them.

It’s tough to really say if either team “won” in this deal. Both players have done nothing since being drafted, and it’s pretty safe at this point to label them as draft busts.