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Ted Ginn returns to San Francisco

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Ted Ginn made the rounds of other teams since the start of free agency, but he’s wound up right where he began.

The 49ers announced Thursday evening that Ginn has re-signed with the team on a one-year deal. It will be Ginn’s third season with the team after coming over from the Dolphins in a trade just before the 2010 draft.

“We are glad that Ted has decided to return to the 49ers in 2012,” said general manager Trent Baalke in a statement. “He is a versatile player and an excellent teammate that will continue to play an important role for us on both offense and special teams.”

Ginn has never made much happen as a receiver — 19 catches in 2011 — but he’s been a dynamic returner since entering the league. Ginn has three punt return and three kickoff return touchdowns in his career.

The 49ers definitely missed him when a knee injury kept him out of the game and forced Kyle Williams into the spot. Williams fumbled twice to set up two Giants scores in a 20-17 49ers loss. With Mario Manningham and Randy Moss joining the Niners, returning figures to be Ginn’s biggest role with the 49ers in 2012.

Ginn visited the Vikings, Lions and Ravens before deciding to come back to the Niners.

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33 Responses to “Ted Ginn returns to San Francisco”
  1. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 22, 2012 7:56 PM

    2 back-to-back TD’s against the jets … snicker

  2. barelylegal18 says: Mar 22, 2012 7:57 PM

    From a Vikings fan stand point it would have been great to see this guys career get turned around and maybe still set him self apart from being a bust. I thought he was a lock to sign after seeing the niners sign RM and MM. The 49ers will be a great team and should make a good run to the playoffs (very fun team to watch especially the Vernon catch). It would have been fun to see you line up next to Percy.

  3. southpaw77 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:03 PM

    Hopefully Kyle Williams never sees kick return duties again. If he’s stil with SF…
    2 fumbles (first one was recovered) and the one that hit off his knee that he had no business being near should seal his fate and confidence of kick returning ever again.

  4. danger19 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:03 PM

    Kyle Williams said thank you.

  5. bigbrad184 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:06 PM

    Good move for obvious reasons (thanks, Kyle).

  6. WestCoastVet says: Mar 22, 2012 8:07 PM

    WOOT! Welcome back Ted!

  7. goldrush36 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:07 PM

    NICE…. # 5 or 6 on the depth chart at most please! Damn beast returner though. In the words of Cartman: I ******* hate you Kyle lol

  8. jimboslice208 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:16 PM

    Love this re-signing, strictly as a return man stand point. Same defense, same special teams, upgrades on offense (Moss, Manningham) has got me excited for the 2012 off season. I love what the front office has done since the conclusion of the 2010 season.

  9. goldrush94 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:17 PM

    Quietly, the Niners are shaping up to make another superbowl run next year.

  10. shortbus49er says: Mar 22, 2012 8:25 PM

    Great to have you back bud!!…. Go tear the NFC up this year!!

  11. 69finfan says: Mar 22, 2012 8:26 PM

    He is a versatile player and an excellent teammate…… In other words he’s the girl with great personality of the NFL

  12. cotts1 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:31 PM

    Its too bad all these WR’s in San Francisco don’t have a QB who can throw them the ball….

  13. wadecounty93 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:31 PM

    kinda wish my fins would have kept him for special teams and certain plays as a WR, kinda wish they would get a new Owner and GM also.

  14. skolvikesskol says: Mar 22, 2012 8:38 PM

    Vikes… Cmon…

  15. rolltide510 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:45 PM

    Hey, remember that time Cam Cameron drafted this guy in the top 10? Ohhhhhh man, that was rich. Okay, carry on.

  16. sixjak says: Mar 22, 2012 8:55 PM

    Very good. This guy is a ST’s ace.

  17. mo49giants says: Mar 22, 2012 8:56 PM

    Welcome back Ginn!

  18. stampede101 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:56 PM

    cotts1 says:
    Mar 22, 2012 8:31 PM
    Its too bad all these WR’s in San Francisco don’t have a QB who can throw them the ball….

    No, actually they re-signed Alex Smith yesterday. I guess you didn’t see that report.

  19. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 22, 2012 8:57 PM

    Fans will be all Ginned up for the season to start.

  20. conormacleod says: Mar 22, 2012 8:57 PM

    This is incredibly stupid. Ginn clearly has no desire to actually be an NFL wide receiver. Was San Fran the only place that actually offered him a contract? He has now cemented himself as a “Kick Return Specialist”. He shouldn’t even be allowed to list himself as a wide receiver.

  21. dmwoodman says: Mar 22, 2012 9:00 PM

    So glad to see Ted back. I like Kyle but Ted is so much better as a ball returner. Let’s go NINERS.

  22. duanethomas says: Mar 22, 2012 9:22 PM

    Kyle Williams faith in prayer is strengthen. Constant prayer without ceasing worked, now he can concentrate all his energy on locking down the fifth WR spot.

  23. time2speakup says: Mar 22, 2012 9:22 PM

    I won’t be surprised to see TG Jr get a touch or two each game this season. Most of the country did not get to see every Niner game last season, and so most did not see ALL of Ginn’s plays. He made a handful of key, tough grabs here and there. Far more than one would have expected.
    (OK, toss in a few where Alex just flat missed him). There was enough to suggest that, with some work in this regular off-season, he could make a very serviceable receiver. One thing, with Harbaugh he will definitely get opportunities. Harbaugh WILL play whoever he feels gives our team the best chance to win (Yeah, yeah, yeah – if Coach thought ANY QB we have was BETTER than Alex, he would play them OK). Trust me.

  24. ninerdynasty says: Mar 22, 2012 9:41 PM

    I love the consistency the niners are keeping.. A little off topic….I bet players notice how that the players that put the time and effort are getting rewarded… trying to keep the team as a family. Like sing wouldve said.. “i want winners!” well, i think thats what this team is all about now..

  25. dirtyjersey9er says: Mar 22, 2012 9:53 PM


    I remember waiting to see who the Dolphins would pick because there was a chance if they had taken Okoye the Texans might take Willis. Thanks for ensuring the 9ers got Willis Coach Cameron.

  26. numba1recx19 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:56 PM

    Ginns the man. Use him at rec too.

  27. ima9er4life says: Mar 22, 2012 10:22 PM

    With alex as qb, having sick WR will mean nothin

  28. ima9er4life says: Mar 22, 2012 10:23 PM

    I’m tellin y’all, the division championship games were worked

  29. aces79 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:18 PM

    Alex smith sucks!!!!!!!!!!! whats wrong with you people you dont no football at all people

  30. macklinr61 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:58 AM

    This was a *HUGE* need. Very happy to see Teddy Ginn, Jr. will be back!

  31. sixjak says: Mar 23, 2012 1:42 AM

    aces79 says:
    Mar 22, 2012 11:18 PM
    Alex smith sucks!!!!!!!!!!! whats wrong with you people you dont no football at all people


    You don’t know the difference between “no” and “know”. It sucks when go full retard while dissing.

  32. dmwoodman says: Mar 23, 2012 7:48 AM

    You people make no sense. This is an article about Ted Ginn and you bring Alex Smith in on it. That being said….last year everyone loved him up until the NFC Championship and now you hate him cuz we lost and it wasn’t even his fault. Either cheer for him the whole year or don’t cheer for him at all. He’s had a rough time in SF but with this new system he’s growing as a qb. I glad he’s back.

  33. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Mar 23, 2012 1:35 PM

    NINERS are BACK so i hope ya’ll enjoyed it while it lasted bacause niners are here to stay!!

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