Updated April 16, 2010 @ 5:21 p.m. ET
After never getting much of a return on their investment in WR Ted Ginn, the Dolphins traded their 2007 first-round draft pick (ninth overall) Friday to the Niners in exchange for a fifth-round pick (145th overall) in the 2010 draft.
In addition to adding a downfield dimension to the Niners’ receiving corps, the fleet-footed Ginn instantly upgrades one of the league’s weakest kick-return units. Ginn finished sixth among AFC kickoff returners with the Dolphins in 2009, averaging 24.9 yards, including a pair of TD returns in an upset victory over the Jets. The Niners will likely count on Ginn to handle the primary duties on both kickoff and punt returns.
But while a change of scenery might make a difference, Ginn never really caught on in Miami as a receiver, displaying questionable hands and, this past season, a growing lack of confidence. The Dolphins’ trade with Denver for WR Brandon Marshall made Ginn even more of an odd man out in Miami.
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