Dolphins send Ted Ginn to San Fran

With Brandon Marshall in Miami, one of the current wideouts on the team was no longer needed.

Enter Ted Ginn.  Or, actually, exit.

Jay Glazer of FOX reports that Ginn has been traded to the 49ers for a 2010 late-round draft pick.  It’s a fairly dramatic plunge for a guy who was the ninth overall pick in the 2007 draft.

Ginn never really caught on with the Dolphins, due primarily to an inability to, you know, catch.  But he has compelling skills in the return game; on the same day that reports surfaced of former Dolphins great Bob Kuechenberg calling Ginn an “embarrassment and a coward,” Ginn returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in an upset win over the Jets.

The performance secured for Ginn not only AFC special teams player of the week honors, but also the conference player of the month crown.

In San Fran, he’ll boost the return game and, if Michael Crabtree becomes a special player, enjoy plenty of Alvin Harper-style attention in the passing game. 

The only remaining question is whether he’ll continue to drop his chances to become a complete wideout.

101 responses to “Dolphins send Ted Ginn to San Fran

  1. there was a lot of undue pressure placed on this kid because the Dolphins picked him WAY too high. Not that he would have panned out either way, but he certainly never should have been a top 10 pick

  2. As a dolphins fan, this is the BEST NEWS EVER!!!!
    Good riddance, Ginn (and his family). Feel free to run out of bounds a yard before the marker on 3rd down somewhere else.

  3. Sweet, he sucks as a receiver, but we are doing ok there. That solidifies the return game. Now we can move on to bigger problems like a cb to replace clements and a right tackle

  4. As a dolphins fan, this is the BEST NEWS EVER!!!!
    Good riddance, Ginn (and his family). Feel free to run out of bounds a yard before the marker on 3rd down somewhere else.

  5. That is a steal for Gin.. He can be a good role player with Crabtree garnering attention on the other side. Miami had no WRs.

  6. Solid move by SF. Solves our S/T problems and gives us a threat in the slot.
    Also extra motivator for Morgan to keep his game up, since Ginn will compete for the #2.

  7. See, it’s things like this that make me say “what the hell?”
    There are PLENTY of teams who need a receiver much more than the 49ers.
    Jaguars, Browns, Titans… just to name a few.
    And all it took to get this guy was a “late round pick?”
    Shoot, the Ravens return game was HORRIBLE last year… even if they just brought him in for kick returns it would have greatly improved that aspect of their team.

  8. Wow great trade for San Fran. As a die-hard Ohio State fan its been hard watching him struggle catching the ball in Miami. Lets be honest he was never a #1. But a late round pick for Ginn who can work off Crabtree and Vernon Davis’s double teams. Great move SF
    Good Luck Ginn…O. H. I. O
    GO BROWNS

  9. I feel bad for Ginn, Cameron’s draft speech sealed his fate when everyone was looking for Brady Quinn to be picked. Hindsight shows that Ginn actually was the better pick since Quinn has been a complete bust to date and atleast Ginn was a pretty damn good return man. Hope he gets a legitimate chance out on SF, it wasn’t his fault we picked him at number 9.

  10. Meanwhile, Brandon Marshall is doing Rothlisbergers up and down all the bars on South Beach.
    Sure Tsar Tuna, that will last about as long as one of your diets.

  11. “The only remaining question is whether he’ll continue to drop his chances to become a complete wideout.”
    I see what you did there.

  12. Who is gonna throw him the ball? The 2 QBs they have now are both barely serviceable in this league. Until the Niners find a QB this acquisition really means very little.

  13. A late round pick… I guess. At least that’s a liability gone from the team, who was taking up space for a young player to develop his potential.
    I hope the 5th round is considered “late”, though I believe a 6th is the best I can realistically hope for.

  14. Excellent move by the 49ers to at least admit that we need major help at the return game.

  15. aaaah
    As an Ohio St fan,
    i said he would be a NFL bust.
    easiest prediction ive ever made
    and he was the worst of the best WR from OSU.
    He only ran! thats it! screens! never blocked!
    bad bad pick!

  16. YES!!! I TOLD YA! Now if we don’t get C.J. we can go defense and offensive line with those first round picks.

  17. It’s gonna be hard for him to get that Alvin Harper attention with Josh Morgan, Brandon Jones, and Jason Hill in front of him.

  18. As a fan, I’ve always thought of Ginn as the slightly off family member who I had faith in to blossom someday..He did blossom once, or more to the point, twice in the same game, but other than that, he’s responsible for quite a few dents in my tv screen from watching him drop balls. I’m not sure if I’ll miss him, but I doubt it. Good luck 49ers, you’ll need it.

  19. Brandon Folsom says:
    April 16, 2010 1:18 PM
    I’ll shit myself I they trade him for a 7th.
    _______________
    Good God Man!!

  20. Just think if that draft pick went the way Dolphin’s fan wanted the story would read Dolphin’s trade first round pick to Denver.

  21. Ginn got hyped because it was a year after Hester and everyone thought he could be as good as Hester since he was such a good returner. Hester could have gone in the first round but nobody wanted to take a returner in the first round. Next year teams were kicking themselves so they took Ginn. Which did send the returners back to the 2nd rd where they belong. The problem for Ginn was everyone hyped him into this receiver when he belongs as a #3 or #4 wideout or slot guy. His return skills are still there and I think he could be a viable #4 option in SF after Davis, Gore and Crabtree.

  22. swervinmervin says:
    April 16, 2010 1:19 PM
    That is a steal for Gin.. He can be a good role player with Crabtree garnering attention on the other side. Miami had no WRs.
    I agree on potential, but he is too expensive and Dansby / Marshall came with huge contracts (at least they will back it with their play though).

  23. Either way San Fran did not give up much to get him. If they gave up a 6th rounder than they got a really good deal. Ginn is a very solid KR and PR and if he had hands and confidence he could be a good number 2 receiver as well. The only thing that sucks for San Fran out of the whole deal is picking up his contract besides that I think the 49ers got a better player than the player they would have drafted in that round.

  24. Nice! This allows SF to focus on other needs besides KR, making the Spiller pick (hopefully) less likely. They need OL in the worst way, so hopefully it’s an OT and either Iupati or Pouncey in round one.

  25. I called this one as soon as the marshall trade happened, it only made sense!!!! now we dont need cj spiller and we can go after jimmy clausen if we choose!!! This is awesome! go niners!

  26. Hes a return guy.. not gonna compete much for catches.. except a few packages in which he can stretch the field and open up space for MC and VD.. nice move for a low pick.. Ginn has some speed and Coach Mike will help Ginn locate his nuts.. good move.. now they can pass on overpaying CJ spiller.. although ginns salary is probably pretty high too..

  27. I bet he’s happy to leave Miami. He was the most hated person there since Janet Reno when she took Elian!!

  28. LOL @ JackAcid for thinking Ginn will be a threat in the slot…
    You will understand the joke soon enough hahaha…

  29. good pick up for San Fran
    there return game was weak last year, Arnaz Battle loved to call fair catch
    now ginn will return punts and kickoffs to the house

  30. Florio come back to reality! Ginn will at most press the #4 wideout to be better……RETURN GUY florio…….lets not go into bizarro world and talk about him actually getting catches with alvin harper style attention TOO FUNNY

  31. Good for Teddy. A fresh start in a town that actually likes football and away from that team. Dolphins = the TMZ of sports. The Dolphins are too busy signing celebrity owners to focus on getting a better football team.
    So many ex-Dolphins (Mercury Morris, Bob K) are so miserable in life, they can only make themselves feel better by tearing others down.
    From Wikipedia: Kuechenberg has also been critical of his former teams. One such critique, prompted then-current Miami All-Pro, Jason Taylor, to comment, “It’s another chapter in the grumpy Kuechenberg story. It’s Kuechenberg. He gets up every year and complains about something. If it ain’t one thing, it’s another. He needs a hug and a hobby. It’s ridiculous.”

  32. Even though Ginn sucks as a wideout he was one of the few wrs that torched Revis last season I believe in their game in Miami go figure. Hope the light switch comes on

  33. In San Fran, he’ll boost the return game and, if Michael Crabtree becomes a special player, enjoy plenty of Alvin Harper-style attention in the passing game.
    Love the Harper reference.

  34. I bet he lead the league in tripping and falling over the hash marks and running out of bounds when he did catch the ball. Kuechenberg was right, he is a disgrace.
    It’s not a good sign when your #1 draft pick WR is terrified of physical contact and runs a 4.2 for the nearest sideline to avoid it. He’s more suited for the National Flag Football League. Good luck to the 49ers with turning him into an NFL caliber player. It will be Singletary’s toughest challenge yet.

  35. Upset? C’mon Florio, the Dolphins swept the Jets last year. Yes, the Dolphins didn’t play well that game, but that’s it. Outside of Brett Favre’s limp wristed hail mary (in early ’08), the Dolphins have owned the jets the last two years.

  36. Now if Crabtree gets caught with some cheeba, they can be known as Ginn & Chronic.
    …you know you’re hoping for that now.

  37. How in the world did Miami get a 5th for him? I just find it hard to believe that Ginn had the same value as Holmes.

  38. 49’s are probably thinking of using Ginn like they did another receiver with world class top end speed who couldn’t catch a cold; remember Renaldo Nehemiah? Nehemiah helped Dwight Clark by drawing the defense into deep coverage whenever he was on the field. Ted Ginn should similarly help Crabtree. I just wish Parcell’s would have held onto Ginn for one more year now that Marshall was on the team.

  39. Finfan says:
    April 16, 2010 1:20 PM
    Ginn will never make it to California, he’ll run out of bounds probably about Nuevo Laredo!
    ————
    Finfan — very funny stuff!!

  40. Great addition to the team!
    He may not have the best hands in the world but at least we don’t have to see Arnaz Battle KR again!

  41. for all you haters saying this makes no sense because the niners have recievers… this has nothing to do with ginn being a receiver, hes a top3 return guy in the league and we nailed him for a 5th round pick… dont hate cuz you wanted him on your team

  42. any of you Niner fans remember Renaldo Nehemiah????
    if it’s for a 6th or 7th why not?
    a guy that thin will only be able to take so many hits, probably only lasts a few more years unless he can lose some speed and bulk up

  43. As long at the pick was a 7th rounder I am down with this. I can’t imagine him playing much for us on offense (unless there are some serious injuries), but he’s a great returner which is worth a late round pick. Returns in San Fran have been bad for a while (Arnez Battle) and this way they won’t waste reaching for a guy who “also has return ability” (Brandon Williams).

  44. The Phins have improved this offseason just by getting rid of Ginn and Wilson. The rest is just gravy!
    Gin on the rocks please…

  45. there goes the one man that single handily gave miami a win against the jets, and the only player in the league to beat Darelle. good riddance i hate that guy ha.

  46. Wow! If this trade causes SF NOT to take CJ, then it’s a win-win for Miami who pick after SF. Now they can trade Brown to Detroit for the #34 pick to get a NT or Safety and pick either CJ or Dez Bryant at #12.

  47. I don’t see the point. Give up a guy who you know can at least help you in the return game for a crapshoot late round pick. More of those late round picks never make it then ones who become even solid starters. Gin pretty much single handidly won a agme for Miami last year, I’d be surprised if whoever they pick with this “late round choice” ever sees the field.

  48. habibfromnewdehli says:
    April 16, 2010 1:20 PM
    “Shoot, the Ravens return game was HORRIBLE last year… even if they just brought him in for kick returns it would have greatly improved that aspect of their team.”
    WTF are you talking about? The Ravens were #2 in the NFL in kick return average last year (26.2 per return, which was .1 behind the league leader). Parmele and Webb were excellent. Do you watch football?
    Perhaps you meant punt returns, not kick returns – so if you’re talking only punt return average, 1) that’s a skewed stat due to fair catches and such, and 2) the Ravens were #20 in the NFL…one spot ahead of the Miami Dolphins with Ted Ginn.

  49. Good trade for Miami. He can’t catch and looked absolutely lost and confused as a punt returner. The Dolphins have other guys on the roster who can return kicks. Maybe not as well, but I’m sure they’ll do their other jobs better than Ginn caught passes.

  50. Well obviously he was drafted too high, but I think a lot of fans out there would have given up a 5th for him as the return man. I’m a Colts fan, and he wouldn’t have taken the field once as a receiver, but having a big time return game is a real threat. He might run the slot in San Fran if he outplays Brandon Jones.

  51. @Big M
    Ginn will probably be #3 on the depth chart, certainly no lower than 4th. He should beat out both Jones and Hill.
    I personally like Jason Hill a lot, I never understand why he struggles to see snaps. He has good hands and awareness, but something the coaches see/know keeps him off the field.
    Anyway, a 5th rounder is very worth a kid who can do serious damage in the return game. Niners had all kinds of problems with their KR’s last year.

  52. How dumb. WR value is at an all time low considering recent trades and the guy is one of the best return men in the league. Why not keep him as a decoy/return man……what are you really going to get with a 5th? A backup OL? I am no fan of Ginn by any stretch, but he has clear talent as a return man and we should have kept him for that alone.

  53. @Otto Pilot: Are you on crack? Why on Earth would the niners pick Dez Bryant? They just picked a diva-possible-annual-headache last year with Crabtree.

  54. we just traded a poor mans Devin Hester for a worthless 5th rounder. IF we damn used him right, he could be a huge asset. I would have like to see if he could produce with THE BEAST on the other side drawing the doubles. SOOOOO STUPID.

  55. Ginn was drafted too high but you know, he’s still got time. It took 4 years for Michael Irvin to finally showcase his abilities. Of course, it wasn’t like he had Dan Marino throwing to him, right?

  56. @dcryan82
    Niners don’t need him to produce at WR, they need him to stretch the defense and take bodies off of Vernon and Crabtree. For a measly 5th rounder, Ginn also solves their return problems immediately.
    Your team’s problem is they wanted to treat him like a #1 WR, which he was never destined to be.

  57. “FrankyFiveFingers says:
    April 16, 2010 2:29 PM
    we just traded a poor mans Devin Hester for a worthless 5th rounder. IF we damn used him right, he could be a huge asset. I would have like to see if he could produce with THE BEAST on the other side drawing the doubles. SOOOOO STUPID.

    Dude, wtf have you vbeen watching the last few years. This guy is BAD. think of this way, he went for the same round pick as Santonio Holmes.

  58. I was kinda hoping to see what he could do with Marshall drawing coverage, but the bottom line is I don’t have to see this dope dropping passes and running out of bounds anymore. And for you 49er fans hoping he can help with punt returns.. Get real, he lost that job half way through the season because he couldn’t react quick enough between catching the ball and moving up field.
    A 5th is better than nothing, and the reality is Miami wasn’t going to re-sign him next year.

  59. Why are the Niner taking on all these bust players? david Carr and Ted Ginn? =/
    I do believe Ginn can make an immediate impact on special teams.

  60. I don’t know why some people is saying that is a bad move for san fran, for a 5th round pick he is a steal! well over 60%+ of the 5th rounders don’t make it pass 3 seasons with the team they drafted him. Now the contract is where the tricky thing is for SF, but i’m sure something will be worked out or re-structured…

  61. @ Jack Acid
    Ginn is very talented, but you have to consider that the 9ers coaching staff wants all of their skill players to be able to block. This is where Brandon Jones and Jason Hill have an edge. They also have an edge in that they are bigger targets who run more polished routes. I am sure Ginn will see a fair share of snaps, maybe even more than Jones and Hill, but he will not take the majority of the overall 3rd WR snaps, if that makes sense. The best scenario for him to get on the field would be a formation with him and Crabtree outside, with Davis at TE and Morgan, a great blocker, in the slot.

  62. Hey Otto Pilet,
    “Wow! If this trade causes SF NOT to take CJ, then it’s a win-win for Miami who pick after SF. Now they can trade Brown to Detroit for the #34 pick to get a NT or Safety and pick either CJ or Dez Bryant at #12.”
    SF picks at 13, Miami at 12, so this doesn’t help miami at all since if Miami wanted CJ they would have had him before the 49ers. I do wish the fins grab Dez Bryant though.

  63. Ginn is absolutely the worst player I’ve ever seen.
    People think he is fast – he ONLY has long speed, no short area quickness at all.
    He runs routes like a 4th grader (no exaggeration)
    And dives into the ground whenever he catches the ball over the middle – to avoid being hit.
    His best friend is the sideline – no matter what down.
    And his hands –


    SUcks for you 49ers

  64. I havent checked this years schedule but it will be funny as hell if the niners play the fins cause you know sure as hell Ginn will take one to the house on a kick off or punt return

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