NFL: Dolphins deal former No. 1 pick, WR Ted Ginn, to 49ers
MIAMI — The fastest draft bust in Miami Dolphins' history is bound for San Francisco.
Receiver-returner Ted Ginn Jr. was traded Friday to the 49ers for a lower-round draft pick. The Dolphins had him on the block even before they acquired Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall on Wednesday from the Denver Broncos.
Dolphins fans began booing Ginn the day he was drafted and never stopped. Taken with the ninth overall pick in 2007, he made only five touchdown catches in three seasons while averaging 13.0 yards per reception.
Ginn was more successful on special teams, scoring on kickoff returns of 100 and 101 yards in the same quarter of a game against the New York Jets last season. He became the first player with two kickoff returns of at least 100 yards in the same game.
The Dolphins still have receivers Brian Hartline, Davone Bess and Greg Camarillo as complements to Marshall. In San Francisco, Ginn will be paired with Michael Crabtree.
The 49ers hope Ginn can fulfill the potential he showed at Ohio State, where he tied an NCAA record with eight touchdown returns.
When Miami's selection of Ginn was announced at a team draft party, fans jeered — they wanted Brady Quinn. The decision was frequently mocked by detractors of coach Cam Cameron, who lasted only one season.
Ginn drew criticism for running poor routes and shying away from contact. Last season he lost his job as a starting receiver and totaled only 38 receptions for 454 yards and one score.
Now under the Bill Parcells regime, the Dolphins announced the trade in a one-sentence release and had no further comment.
The 49ers were looking for a player with multiple skills to help out their anemic kick return game. The 49ers were last in the NFL in punt returns. Last year's returner, Anaz Battle, is now with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Starting receiver Josh Morgan was used on kickoff returns.
The 49ers have young starters, MIchael Crabtree and Morgan. The No. 3 receiver spot is wide open.