49ers trade Jenkins to Chiefs for Baldwin

Well, that escalated quickly.

After a disappointing first year and a underwhelming preseason, the 49ers have traded the embattled A.J. Jenkins to the Chiefs for wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin.

“We are pleased to add Jonathan to our team and look forward to incorporating him into our offense,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement.

Jenkins had been almost invisible during the first two exhibition games and rumors had been swirling that he was falling out of favor in San Francisco. In trading last year’s first round draft pick before he even began his second season, it speaks volumes about what the 49ers thought about Jenkins and his future (or lack there of) with the team. Baalke also deserves some credit for cutting ties with Jenkins, rather then keeping him around because of his draft status. Baalke is one of the few general managers who can get away with a move like this, however, as his track record has been outstanding thus far.

In Baldwin, the 49ers get another receiver who has not lived up to expectations. Baldwin, who was the 26th overall pick of the Chiefs in 2011, has 41 receptions for 579 yards and two touchdowns over his first two seasons. While those numbers are far from prolific, he did suffer through some poor quarterback play in Kansas City.

Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, Marlon Moore and rookie Quinton Patton look like locks to make the team at this point. Baldwin will have to compete for what looks to be one of two remaining wide receiver spots on the roster.

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