NFL Notebook: Unproductive Ginn off to San Francisco
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The fastest draft bust in Miami Dolphins' history is bound for San Francisco.
Receiver-returner Ted Ginn Jr. was traded Friday to the 49ers for a lower-round draft pick. The Dolphins had him on the block even before they acquired Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall Wednesday from the Denver Broncos.
Dolphins fans began booing Ginn the day he was drafted and never stopped. Taken with the ninth overall pick in 2007, he made only five touchdown catches in three seasons while averaging 13.0 yards per reception.
Ginn was more successful on special teams, scoring on kickoff returns of 100 and 101 yards in the same quarter of a game against the New York Jets last season. He became the first player with two kickoff returns of at least 100 yards in the same game.
The Dolphins still have receivers Brian Hartline, Davone Bess and Greg Camarillo as complements to Marshall. In San Francisco, Ginn will be paired with Michael Crabtree.
The 49ers hope Ginn can fulfill the potential he showed at Ohio State, where he tied an NCAA record with eight touchdown returns.
When Miami's selection of Ginn was announced at a team draft party, fans jeered because they wanted Brady Quinn. The decision was frequently mocked by detractors of former coach Cam Cameron, who lasted only one season.
Ginn drew criticism for running poor routes and shying away from contact. Last season he lost his job as a starting receiver and totaled only 38 receptions for 454 yards and one score.
Under the Bill Parcells regime, the Dolphins announced the trade in a one-sentence release and had no further comment.
Seattle signed wide receivers Mike Williams and Reggie Williams, both former first-round draft picks by other teams who previously flopped. The team signed the two, big wide receivers to free-agent contracts. Both had three-day tryouts in minicamp this week.
Mike Williams is the former No. 10 overall draft choice of the Detroit Lions who ballooned to 270 pounds and has been out of the league for two years. He played for new Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at Southern California through 2003.
Reggie Williams is the former ninth overall pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars from Washington who is serving two years of probation stemming from a cocaine possession charge. He has been out of the league for a year.
Washington re-signed defensive lineman Kedric Golston. Golston was a restricted free agent this offseason. He was a sixth-round draft pick by the Redskins in 2006 and has played in 60 games with 30 starts in his four seasons.
First Published April 17, 2010 2:13 am