Dolphins Trade WR Ted Ginn to the 49ers

Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com reports the Miami Dolphins have traded former first-round wide receiver Ted Ginn to the San Francisco 49ers.

The Dolphins received the 49ers' fifth-round pick, the 145th selection overall.

The 9th overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, Ginn has yet to develop into the premier wide receiver his draft status expects to be. A starter in 35 of his 48 career games, Ginn has 128 receptions for 1,664 yards and five touchdowns, and has added 124 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Ginn's main impact in the NFL has come as a return specialist, where the former Ohio State star has averaged 23 yards on 147 kick returns, and 8.7 yards on 36 punt returns. Ginn has returned three punts and kicks for touchdowns during his career, and tied an NFL record by returning two kicks 100+ yards for touchdowns in the same quarter in a 30-25 win over the New York Jets last season, which helped Ginn earn AFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors for the month of November.

Upgrading the return game was an off-season priority for 49ers head coach Mike Singletary.

"Kick returner is definitely something we struggled a bit last year to find that guy," Singletary said at last month's league meetings. "We definitely have to answer that this off-season. We'll do it whether it's a wideout or running back or whomever.

"It's something we'll definitely play close attention to."

By acquiring Ginn, the 49ers have done that.

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