Ted Ginn to 49ers after Miami trades for Brandon Marshall

49ers cheerleaders will be cheering for former Dolphin Ted Ginn next season

NFL experts are wondering if Ted Ginn, traded by Miami to San Francisco, will be cheered or booed by 49er fans next season. Wikimedia Commons photo.

Ted Ginn, traded to the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, was a former first round pick of the Miami Dolphins  in the 2007 NFL draft. To trade for Ginn, San Franciso gave up its fifth-round pick in this weekend’s NFL draft. When the Dolphins traded second-round draft picks in 2010 and 2011 to Denver for wide receiver Brandon Marshall, it was common knowledge that the writing was on the wall for the underachieving Ginn in Miami, who may be flying to San Francisco Friday to take a physical. His primary role in San Francisco is expected to be as a return specialist.

Ted Ginn to 49ers for a paltry sum

Ted Ginn  is under contract for three more years at what may be considered paltry sums in the NFL – $1.03 million, $1.39 million and $1.8 million. Even so, he won’t be needing a personal loan. Marshall’s pay day with the Dolphins is a four-year, $47.5 million  contract extension that includes $24 million in guaranteed money. The deal includes close to $29 million in the first three years of the contract and makes Marshall the highest-paid receiver in NFL history.

Ted Ginn traded:  underachiever at Miami

Ted Ginn (AKA Ted Ginn Jr.) was being shopped around by the Dolphins even before the team acquired Marshall, an elite reciever whose immense talent and production on the field has trumped a long history of disorderly conduct and arrests. Ginn, the No. 9 pick overall in 2007, has yet to reach the potential football experts believed he had as a top-flight wide receiver. After three years in the league he has averaged just 43 catches per season and has just five career TD receptions. In contrast, Marshall, a fourth-round pick, has 307 receptions, 3,710 yards, 23 TDs and 10 110-yard games in the same timeframe.

Ted Ginn to 49ers: slowed by foot injury

Ted Ginn called  himself the “Fastest Man in the Big 10” when he played at Ohio State. Back then, he may have been right. He had been unofficially timed at 10.02 seconds in the 100 meter dash and 4.20 seconds in the 40 yard dash. But Ginn never seemed to be the same after he injured his foot in the 2007 BCS title game won by the Florida Gators 41-14. The injury forced him to forgo field drills at the 2007 NFL scouting combine. Later in a private workout for NFL scouts, he could only muster between 4.37 and 4.45. On the field in the NFL, Ginn was supposed to make up for his small size (5-11, 180) with gamebreaking speed and moves. But his yards-after-catch numbers, which started at 5.1 his rookie year, fell to 3.6 n -08 and a paltry 1.3 in ’09.

Ted Ginn joins Quinn in San Francisco

When Ted Ginn was drafted by Miami, the selection was greeted with boos by Dolphins fans attending the draft. Many Dolphins players were hoping the team would select Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn. Quinn was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, wasn’t instant money, and in an ironic twist, was recently traded to San Franciso, where he could be throwing passes to Ginn come this fall–if either player manages to get on the field.

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