Monday, February 4, 2013
Ginn on the move?
By Tim Kavanagh
At one point in time, the Miami Dolphins thought enough of Ohio St. WR Ted Ginn to make him the ninth overall selection of the 2007 NFL Draft. Dolphins fans were in an uproar at the pick at that time, because Brady Quinn was still sitting in the green room; in hindsight, they should be more upset at the players taken 11th, 12th and 14th thereafter (Patrick Willis, Marshawn Lynch and Darrelle Revis, respectively). After three seasons of non-first-rounder performances, Ginn wound up in San Francisco, where he's served a big role in the return game, with a sprinkling of work as a wideout.
That sprinkling became just a pinch in 2012, as Ginn was targeted just five times in the regular season and playoffs combined. Meanwhile, his work in the return game has declined as well: his punt return average was down to 10.2 YPA in 2012 (from a high of 13.4 in 2010) and his kickoff return average was down to 23.0 YPA (from a high of 27.6 in 2011).
That seems like not the best time to hit free agency, but so it is for Ginn, who will be a UFA on March 12. Tim Warsinskey of the Cleveland Plain Dealer spoke with Ted Ginn Sr., who was proud of his son, but who is of the belief that a change of scenery is in order. "I'm blessed. I'm so blessed," the elder Ginn said. But, he added of the 49ers, "They don't use him. He has to find a home."
It's possible that Ginn could make more of an impact within another style of offense, and he may be willing to come reasonably cheap on a short, "prove-it" style deal. Teams that would be interested in such a player -- and could also use a boost in the return game -- would seem to be the most logical destinations.