Breaking News out of Gold Country today. According to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco and KCChiefs.com, The San Francisco 49ers have traded First Round Bust Wide Receiver A.J Jenkins to the Chiefs for other First Round Bust Wide Receiver Jonathan Baldwin.
Drafted out of Pittsburgh with the 26th pick in the first round in 2011, Baldwin brings a 6’4 230 pound frame, much larger than Jenkins 6’0 200. Both receivers have struggled with the teams that drafted them. He struggled mightily under Matt Cassel, recording only 41 catches in two seasons, and has struggled catching the ball, which for a Receiver, I’d say is pretty important. Baldwin apparently has all the physical talent in the world, and could do well under a new Quarterback, new team and new offensive system.
Wide Receiver A.J Jenkins meanwhile had been struggling mightily in training camp and preseason. He was just about to be relegated to special teams duty when this trade was made. Jenkins, at 6’0 200 was drafted in last years first round out of the University of Illinois, and did not make an impact on the season at all, playing in a grand total of zero regular season games, and recording one very important dropped pass in the Super Bowl. Jenkins brings an element of speed, but that is about it with him. He’s not a good route runner, and he has worse hands than Baldwin does. The 49ers were about to cut the guy, when our favorite trading partner, the Kansas City Chiefs called.
Jed York and Trent Balke know a secret about Chiefs GM John Dorsey that we don’t. That is the only reason that they keep making one sided deals in the 49ers favor. The Niners signed Glen Dorsey as a Free Agent, Traded Alex Smith for a second round pick this year, and second round pick next year, and now they take our scrap heap receiver, for the guy who was slotted to be their number 2 receiver behind Dwayne Bowe.
I am ecstatic about this trade, and am very thankful my friend who is a Cheifs fan woke me up this morning with a phone call to tell me the news. Happy morning for me, and for Niner Nation. We will see how Baldwin pans out, but at this point really anything or anyone is better than Jenkins was. Thanks John Dorsey!