Ask, and you shall receive. From two days ago:
Plus, the Niners still wouldn’t have anyone in place who they can trust to return punts. Ted Ginn’s still available, although he may be a Minnesota Viking by the time this post goes live. My uneducated guess is they’ll sign a free agent guard like Geoff Schwartz and add depth at WR, PR, CB, S and OL in the draft.
Wrong and wrong again! Take it away, Jed…
It’s a one-year deal, so the 49ers are (once again) on the hook for not that much on a guy who’s a proven performer. Not exactly proven as a receiver, but as a return specialist Ginn ranks among the 49ers’ best in recent memory.
Ted Ginn vs. Kyle Williams?
One subplot I’ll bring up (even though it’ll probably get beaten to death): how will Ginn and Kyle Williams get along, after Ginn had some interesting comments about how far the 49ers would’ve advanced had Ginn not missed the NFC Championship Game due to injury. From the Detroit Free Press, after Ginn chatted with the Lions a week ago:
The 49ers lost to the New York Giants when Ginn’s replacement, Kyle Williams, botched two punts.
Would the 49ers be celebrating a Super Bowl if Ginn had played in that game?
“We’d have been in the Super Bowl,” Ginn said. “I don’t know if we’d have won, but we would have fought to win.”
Harsh, but probably true. Ginn’s hands have always been a question as a wideout, but as a returner he’s as dependable as they come.
Ginn’s been a fantastic punt returner since coming to San Francisco two seasons ago, averaging 13.4 yards per return in 2010 and 12.3 in 2011. As a kick returner Ginn improved a bit in 2011, increasing his yards per return by 6.5 yards (although that could have just as much to do with the guys blocking for him than anything Ginn did differently).
Ginn was one of Trent Baalke’s first acquisitions, when he sent a fifth round pick to Miami in April of 2010 for Ginn, who went 9th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. It was our first clue that Baalke really, really likes buying low on former first round picks. From SF Gate’s David White at the time of the trade:
This also shows psuedo-GM Trent Baalke really is the man in charge. In his first deal since taking over for ousted Scot McCloughan, Baalke turned to former boss Bill Parcells, who wanted to dump Ginn the moment the traded for Broncos star Brandon Marshall.
As the days go on, the 49ers keep putting check marks next to positions they’d otherwise need to fill in the draft. With the added flexibility a deep roster provides, will the 49ers target an impact player and trade up in the first round to get him? One thing’s for sure, especially now that Mike Wallace has priced himself out of the 49ers’ plans: they aren’t getting out of the first round, and Baalke surely likes it that way.