On Monday, the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs decided to swap disappointing wide receivers and former first-round picks, as the Niners traded A.J. Jenkins to the Chiefs in exchange for Jon Baldwin. Per a press release from the 49ers, the deal will be made official pending both players passing physicals.
‘Barely saw the field’
Jenkins was the 30th overall pick for San Francisco in the 2012 draft and barely saw the field in his rookie season, failing to record a single reception. He hasn’t exactly been impressive in this year’s preseason, either, with just one catch and a subsequent fumble thus far.
Baldwin has been somewhat more productive for the Chiefs after being the No. 26 selection in the 2011 draft. In two seasons, he’s caught a total of 41 passes for 579 yards and two touchdowns, hardly the production the Chiefs would have expected after using such a high pick to acquire his services.
‘Change of scenery’
Baldwin infamously got off to a rocky start with the Chiefs, injuring himself before his rookie season even began after getting into a fight with veteran running back Thomas Jones. He promptly missed five games that season.
Now, both players will hope to revitalize their careers in new surroundings, while both teams will hope a change of scenery will help the players reach their full potential.
Was this trade a good idea for both the 49ers and the Chiefs? Which player will do better in the new environment — Jenkins or Baldwin?
Source: Timothy Rapp | Bleacher Report
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