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49ers give up on receiver Jon Baldwin

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In 2011, the Chiefs spent a first-round pick on receiver Jonathan Baldwin, a talented but enigmatic prospect from Pitt.  After a pair of subpar seasons, the Chiefs shipped him to San Francisco for receiver A.J. Jenkins, a 2012 first-round bust.

On Sunday, the 49ers decided to move on from Baldwin.

He was waived to create room for receiver L’Damian Washington, who was claimed off waivers from the Cowboys.

In his only season with the 49ers, Baldwin appeared in seven games with one start.  He caught three passes for 28 yards.  For his career, Baldwin caught 44 passes for 607 yards and a touchdown.

Because Baldwin has fewer than four seasons, he’ll be required to pass through waivers.  If he goes unclaimed, Baldwin will become a free agent.

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55 Responses to “49ers give up on receiver Jon Baldwin”
  1. sdsmooth says: Aug 3, 2014 6:29 PM

    The Vikings need to call this guy. He would immediately step into the starting lineup in Minnesota.

  2. primenumber19 says: Aug 3, 2014 6:32 PM

    Remember when belichick said there was no difference between Baldwin jones and green?

  3. zoxitic says: Aug 3, 2014 6:33 PM

    Welcome to the Jaguars.

  4. Kyle Johansen says: Aug 3, 2014 6:36 PM

    The Bears could definitely use him to create more competition for their fourth receiver.

  5. mrbiggstuff says: Aug 3, 2014 6:41 PM

    Who?

  6. ohiobears says: Aug 3, 2014 6:44 PM

    Welcome to Chicago

  7. paychrisjohnson28 says: Aug 3, 2014 6:45 PM

    Next stop: Cleveland Browns until Josh Gordon’s suspension is over.

    What is your prediction for Jon Baldwin’s next stop?

  8. ohiobears says: Aug 3, 2014 6:46 PM

    Jon meet Mr. Emery. He likes gargantuan wideouts. He’s got a few studs that can show u the way to be a professional and a talented one at that. Oh, you two have already met…

  9. seahawkboymike says: Aug 3, 2014 6:46 PM

    Only a matter of time before they give up on beating the Seahawks too.

    Re-Pete
    3-Pete

  10. restorativejusticeprogram says: Aug 3, 2014 6:47 PM

    Does “enigmatic” mean stupid now?

  11. pthepro49 says: Aug 3, 2014 6:47 PM

    The odds were stacked against him in SF. Carolina should pick him up and he could become a starter sooner rather than later.

  12. redder8228 says: Aug 3, 2014 6:48 PM

    Patterson an emerging playmaker, Jennings a potential 1,000 yard receiver, Wright the one person to score a td on Sherman and Simpson a dynamic long ball receiver who just set career high in yards, but yup, this worthless troll says he’d start on the Vikings.

  13. mutantman87 says: Aug 3, 2014 6:48 PM

    Are you serious, dude? Baldwin is terrible. He hasn’t remotely shown himself to be an NFL-quality player yet. The 49ers dumped him, despite the fact that as a 1st round pick, they’re likely eating some guaranteed money to do so. They would rather pick up an undrafted guy with a bum shoulder. What does that tell you? Another brilliant Pioli pick. He wasted KC’s first round pick on this guy in 2011 and got nothing out of him.

  14. hanspard says: Aug 3, 2014 6:52 PM

    And yet every year some team throws a pick at a size/speed guy who can’t run routes. Stephen Hill? Kelvin Benjamin?

  15. mutantman87 says: Aug 3, 2014 6:53 PM

    I think that’s a good swap, though. When you have a QB with an arm like Kaepernick’s, you also want at least one receiver who’s really long and really fast to take advantage of it. Throw a couple deep balls every game and chances are Washington is open one of the times; especially with a good play action game. Remember that option #3 on a read option is to stay in the pocket and pass after play action if the protection holds.

  16. uglydingo says: Aug 3, 2014 6:54 PM

    Timely reminder that 1st round draft picks can be total duds. Even with a top coach, a very good QB and a good system, he totally failed.
    I hope he saved some of his money.

  17. taylorgangtrippymane says: Aug 3, 2014 6:58 PM

    Trent Baalke is possibly the most overrated general manager is sports

  18. icallitlikeiseeit67 says: Aug 3, 2014 6:59 PM

    seahawkboymike says:
    Aug 3, 2014 6:46 PM
    Only a matter of time before they give up on beating the Seahawks too.

    Re-Pete
    3-Pete

    ********************************************

    You might tell Cheating Pete see if he can beat the Niners on the road.. he and all you 12th girls are nothing but goose eggs in SF

    Just saying……

  19. calininerfan says: Aug 3, 2014 7:00 PM

    The 49ers have had issues finding good WR in the draft, hopefully this changes with Ellington this year, they may need to find another WR next year of Crabtree does not stay. Stevie Johnson might have been that person.

  20. sonofsamadams says: Aug 3, 2014 7:01 PM

    If the Niners gave up on him it must mean he’s never been arrested.

  21. burtmurphy1 says: Aug 3, 2014 7:03 PM

    Wasn’t this the guy that the falcons should have waited to get rather than trading up for Julio?

    LOL.

  22. firedup1 says: Aug 3, 2014 7:07 PM

    Kc got the best of that trade. It looks like Jenkins is coming around.

  23. whatwhat2013 says: Aug 3, 2014 7:08 PM

    That’s kind of a harsh headline. Could’ve just stated that he was released.

  24. 64post says: Aug 3, 2014 7:09 PM

    Baldwin is due nothing if he is waived, Jenkins would get 1.25 mil. if he were to be waived, this is why SF took Baldwin in trade, they can get dud money off the books sooner.

  25. blogatron2000 says: Aug 3, 2014 7:14 PM

    For anyone who thinks this is an opportunity for their team to pick this guy up, be careful what you wish for. Baldwin has no work ethic or clue what it takes to be successful at the professional level. It became apparent to KC fans early when as a rookie he broke his hand in a locker room fight with Thomas Jones. His stay in KC was totally underwhelming and the fact that SF just cut their losses pretty much means this dude is a bust.

    AJ Jenkins is still on the KC roster and contributing, BTW…

  26. 941bucs says: Aug 3, 2014 7:27 PM

    One mans trash is another mans…..garbage?

  27. sonofad says: Aug 3, 2014 7:31 PM

    What good would this guy do on the Vikings? The football won’t throw itself.

  28. trefkennedy says: Aug 3, 2014 7:33 PM

    Bring him to Dallas, we know Romo makes wr’s

  29. codythao35 says: Aug 3, 2014 7:38 PM

    There you go, cheese heads would be a perfect fit. Perhaps he can help yellow heads win their 1st game playing against 49ers. He sure can disclose 49ers playbook. Another guy for a GM in WI who loves drafting busted players and who loves picking up 49ers left over.

  30. tinbender2000 says: Aug 3, 2014 7:38 PM

    With the new emphasis on PI it’s only a matter of time before the Seadderal Seapunks give up on winning football games.

  31. ytrappin504 says: Aug 3, 2014 7:42 PM

    Saints > 49ers, Seahawks this season.

  32. slick50ks says: Aug 3, 2014 7:49 PM

    Chiefs won this one pretty handily.

  33. gylven says: Aug 3, 2014 7:53 PM

    congrats to l’damian washington, i was hoping a club picked him up, dont think hes 100% right now but he deserves a chance when he gets healthy

  34. jjackwagon says: Aug 3, 2014 7:56 PM

    That should end the 9er fans braying over who got the best end of that trade.

  35. seatownballers says: Aug 3, 2014 8:07 PM

    If the Niners drafted ashlon Jeffery instead of Jenkins they’d have 2 additional rings
    – Seahawks fan

  36. winninaintsinnin says: Aug 3, 2014 8:07 PM

    He’d have a ring if he played for the Hawks.

  37. goldrush36 says: Aug 3, 2014 8:29 PM

    LOL Aj Jenkins is coming around…… AJ Jenkins is still on the team and contributing….. so 19 games 8 catches 130 yds, in 2 years isn’t a bust for a 1st rd pick? Let’s not forget he was dumped while SF already had a depleted WR corps because he was lazy and unwilling to put in the work…..

  38. goldrush36 says: Aug 3, 2014 8:31 PM

    Seatownballers is probably correct lol. Dammit Baalke

  39. dfwhawkguy says: Aug 3, 2014 8:32 PM

    Funny. Most have given up on their entire WR corp. Good to see the Santa Clara 49’er management is realizing what a mess the are. #gohawks

  40. smitty113 says: Aug 3, 2014 8:40 PM

    This guy is typical all form and no substance. I bet he could find a job at the whitehouse

  41. akboot says: Aug 3, 2014 8:40 PM

    You might tell Cheating Pete see if he can beat the Niners on the road.. he and all you 12th girls are nothing but goose eggs in SF

    Just saying……
    ==================================
    Why do some of you people say, “just saying”, at the end of what you just said? We already know what you said, cuz you just said it. You afraid we didn’t just read, what you just said?

    Just saying.

    Man that is stupid.

  42. 22yearsagotoday says: Aug 3, 2014 8:42 PM

    Seattle fans have a right to the bravado. The way they won that last Super Bowl was downright nasty. The rivalry between 49ers and Hawks makes the game even better.

  43. blogatron2000 says: Aug 3, 2014 8:48 PM

    goldrush36 says:
    Aug 3, 2014 8:29 PM
    LOL Aj Jenkins is coming around…… AJ Jenkins is still on the team and contributing….. so 19 games 8 catches 130 yds, in 2 years isn’t a bust for a 1st rd pick? Let’s not forget he was dumped while SF already had a depleted WR corps because he was lazy and unwilling to put in the work…..
    _________________________________

    Meaningless argument. KC didn’t pick him first round, SF did so that’s on them. Your guys traded Jenkins for Baldwin hoping to hit a home run. Swing and a miss…

  44. andymannfl says: Aug 3, 2014 8:49 PM

    I love how the word “enigmatic” gets overused to describe guys that are terrible. He’s not an enigma, he’s not good.

  45. tical312 says: Aug 3, 2014 8:49 PM

    Fan vote: who is the bigger bust(from Georgia Tech): Stephen Hill or Jonathan Baldwin?

  46. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Aug 3, 2014 8:51 PM

    sdsmooth says: Aug 3, 2014 6:29 PM

    The Vikings need to call this guy. He would immediately step into the starting lineup in Minnesota.

    Can you go one “Non Viking” post without trolling for Viking fans?

    Seriously, give it a rest.

  47. jredshoes says: Aug 3, 2014 8:53 PM

    Baldwin is like that really hot girl that you know will be nothing but trouble but you still can’t resist. He has all the physical attributes and flashes incredible ball skills but then will break your heart with his immaturity and lack of work ethic. Every fan hopes their team can find a diamond in the rough but when both Andy Reid and Harbaugh figure you’re not worth the effort the guy has to be a cancer. But like that hot girl someone will give him another chance

  48. sisqsage says: Aug 3, 2014 9:01 PM

    Too bad football was just not important to Baldwin or Jenkins. Now that the Niners have bit the bullet, look for the Chiefs to feel free to do the same before the season starts, with no more pressure to justify the trade. Both these guys are lazy and have no passion for the game. This is why the trade happened in the first place. Two teams trying to get rid of first round mistakes. That’s all it was. Trades like this never work in the end. They just delay the inevitable. Both of these guys will be out of football in 1-2 years.
    Easily Baalke’s worst draft pick ever. Overall, he’s made a lot of good ones. A mystery why he pulled the trigger on Jenkins, who had some attitude baggage at Illinois. This year’s No. 1, the DB from NIU, already looks like a winner. Jenkins never did from day 1.

  49. paychrisjohnson28 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:01 PM

    Jon Baldwin went to Pittsburgh and Stephen Hill went to Georgia Tech: biggest busts who to Georgia Tech? Get your facts straight before you post…

  50. tinbender2000 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:13 PM

    akboot says: Aug 3, 2014 8:40 PM

    You might tell Cheating Pete see if he can beat the Niners on the road.. he and all you 12th girls are nothing but goose eggs in SF

    Just saying……
    ==================================
    Why do some of you people say, “just saying”, at the end of what you just said? We already know what you said, cuz you just said it. You afraid we didn’t just read, what you just said?

    Just saying.

    Man that is stupid.
    **********************************************
    He knows that since the comment was aimed at Seahawk fans, someone is reading it to you.
    Just saying.

  51. number1hawkfan says: Aug 3, 2014 9:33 PM

    The niners should be outta the conversation when it come to the Seahawks. I don’t know why they think they belong. The comparisons can start when you win a championship. Until then, you just look weak. Your last championship was 2 decades ago, aww the good ole days.

  52. bcajun says: Aug 3, 2014 9:37 PM

    Nfcs best=Saints and Seahawks…Saints being number one…9ers will learn this season and seattle when we boot you oit the playoffs…suckas

  53. raiderapologist says: Aug 3, 2014 10:40 PM

    slick50ks says: Aug 3, 2014 7:49 PM

    Chiefs won this one pretty handily.
    ————–
    It’s still two first round busts. The fact that one of them is still on a roster doesn’t make anyone a winner.

  54. gooboy6 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:32 AM

    Chiefs fleeced 49’s in this trade, AJ Jenkins has a chance to be good, flashed some serious potential last year. Makes up for Alex Smith trade when 49’s fleeced Chiefs out of TWO 2nd rounders when should have been 1 2nd rounder

  55. ayyyjayyy says: Aug 4, 2014 9:51 PM

    winninaintsinnin says:
    Aug 3, 2014 8:07 PM
    He’d have a ring if he played for the Hawks.

    ——-
    I don’t think he’d want to be associated with a team that’s known to be cheating all the time.

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