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San Francisco 49ers Trade A.J. Jenkins to Kansas City Chiefs for Jon Baldwin

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2013

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.   

From the 49ers' official Twitter account:

The #49ers have traded WR A.J. Jenkins for Chiefs WR Jon Baldwin.

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) August 19, 2013

GM Trent Baalke: “We are pleased to add Jonathan to our team and look forward to incorporating him into our offense."

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) August 19, 2013

The Chiefs also verified the move on their Twitter account:

BREAKING: #Chiefs acquire AJ Jenkins from San Francisco 49ers in exchange for Jon Baldwin: http://t.co/of5PxmBluL

— Kansas City Chiefs (@KCChiefs) August 19, 2013

Per a press release from the 49ers, the deal will be made official pending both players passing physicals. 

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. 

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. 

Baldwin certainly has turned some heads with his potential over the years, as Greg A. Bedard of Sports Illustrated notes:

Belichick told Dimitroff that Jon Baldwin was just as good as Julio Jones in @michaelsholley's "War Room"

— Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) August 19, 2013

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.

 

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