Jon Baldwin Traded To 49ers: Chiefs Swap With San Francisco For A.J. Jenkins

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs have parted ways with much maligned wide receiver Jon Baldwin, and they did so in epic fashion.

Rather than just simply release the wideout—who has been immune to catching footballs—the Chiefs reached out to last week’s preseason opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, and made a trade.

Reid Ferrin of KCChiefs.com reported the big news:

“We felt like this trade was beneficial for all parties involved,” Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said.

“A.J. is a talented individual with a skillset that we feel can add value to our football team. Jon Baldwin is a hardworking player and a professional. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”

The Chiefs’ need for a legitimate No. 2 wideout to put across from Dwayne Bowe has been well documented here on Arrowhead Addict, and it appears as if this is Kansas City’s way of trying to fill that need.

Jenkins was the 30th overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers, and he only played in three games. His stat line features zero’s all the way across the board, but he did have a good college career at Illinois that saw him put up 167 catches for 2,432 yards and 19 touchdowns in four seasons.

Baldwin on the other-hand, was the 26th pick of the 2011 NFL draft by Kansas City. His stat line is not much better than Jenkins’, despite the extra season. He’s only notched 41 receptions for 579 yards and two touchdowns.

For all intents and purposes, Baldwin has been a huge disappointment for Kansas City, but he’s no longer going to be dropping passes for the Chiefs.

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

It appears as if Kansas City has traded a disappointment for an unknown in the NFL.

What are your thoughts, addicts? Sound off below.

Topics: A.J. Jenkins, Jon Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • P Heitman

    Better than a straight up cut, I guess.

    • berttheclock

      Far better – Had he been cut, the Chiefs would have been hit with dead money for two straight years.

  • Perch

    hahaha thank the lord!!

  • Altarium

    Sounds like trading an apple for an apple that was picked a day later. Will be watching Jenkins closely this Friday to see if he can actually catch a ball. If he does, I’d call that an improvement over Baldwin. If he can’t, maybe we could bring in some kindergarteners to teach him how to catch a ball, most of them have the motor skills to do so.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Opens up some opportunities for some of the younger guys. Hopefully Rico Richardson will get some quality playing time.

      • Jim Harper

        That was exactly my first thought Paddy! It will be tough for both of these guys to learn a new playbook in a short period of time. Often times a change of scenery is just what a player needs so both could benefit in their new homes. This is a far better solution than cutting Baldwin.

        • RepOurChiefs

          The plot sure as hell just thickened,that for sure!!

      • tm1946

        Got to like Rico, no clue if he is an answer.

      • clay simester

        Maybe there was something about Jenkins that Alex Smith liked. He surely had to have at least a little input on the situation

      • Altarium

        Good point! I hadn’t considered that.

      • Calchiefsfan

        Can we start a Rico fan club or something? lol. Do you think Reid or Dorsey ever read the blogs? Their assistants? their kids? Maybe at dinner their kids can go “hey daddy what about Rico?” Who’s the guy that flies the banners over Arrowhead? Maybe we can get him to fly a Rico banner during practice this week.

        Rico has looked good against the second and third string DB’s. Let’s see how he does against the 1′s with Smith throwing to him. I’m not saying he’s the next Victor Cruz but I’m not saying he’s not. What the heck, it’s preseason and he’s earned a shot.

  • Priest4Prez

    I’ll take a guy we know nothing of; better then the constant disappointment. Kudos to the Dorsey/Reid for making any kind of move

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Yeah…it really is a good move. It puts pressure ON Reid and Dorsey to figure something out…rather than sitting around hoping the kid eventually pans out.

  • griffongrad

    Looks like they traded one dud for another dud in the hope that the player they received might eventually be able to become an effective receiver in the NFL.

    • Priest4Prez

      Speaking of duds; how about we pick up some Offensive Linemen as well

  • Chris Tarrants

    This could be a good thing, if we cut Jenkins would the cap hit be as bad as Baldwins? That could be the mindset for them pulling the trigger here

  • ryan harjo

    A.J. from what I know is that he has a six inch problem( between the ears.). Some how Smith could have an input in to this decision. I wonder how much he has a relationship or chemistry with this man. My guess is that he has some value. Bad drop Baldwin. A.J. has a chance to fix his self esteem issues and good luck. I am a Rockets fan and I can see how the west coast media can mess with an athlete’s psyche. go rox ku and kc.

  • paul pace

    Good move for the Chiefs! Baldwin just wasn’t cutting it! At least we know what Baldwin can or cannot do and with Jenkins he is just an unknown! Never know he just may be a diamond in the rough. San Fran drafted him in the first round so I would think he has some talent and maybe with a change in environment may blossom into a decent WR.

    • Justin R Groth

      Problem is moat 9ers fans that I know felt that Jenkins was Baldwin in the bay area.

  • Randy5k

    I have a good feeling about it, but I am not comfortable with what seems to be a focus on trading with San Fran.

  • Trent Taylor

    Two years in the making. Dude was Clifford Franklin-esque

  • Jeremy Bueso

    Give Junior Hemingway a chance… He caught everything in college, little raw in route running and that could be why he hasn’t got on the field

    • thabear04

      He made that one catch that he caught. He not a fast runner but he will catch the ball.

      • berttheclock

        Look at that one game with Michigan where had 4 catches for over 200 yards. Yes, he did average over 50 yards per catch and that was on a non-throwing Michigan team.

  • tm1946

    I feel like the guys on the side walk when Lady Godiva rode naked in Coventry…..Harrah for our side!
    PS who is Jenkins??

    • Justin R Groth

      From what I understand the Baldwin of SF

    • micah stephenson

      Jenkins looks worse than Baldwin. Why u think the 49s trading they 1st rd pick from a yr ago so fast.

  • thabear04

    Time will tell what Jenkins can do for us that if he make the Roster spot. Just cause he got traded does not mean he can think he made the team yet. He has to get used to our Offence and players around him but Welcome to KC home of the Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • berttheclock

    What is interesting about this move is before the game against the Chiefs, sfgate had an article which said Jenkins was going to have more passes thrown his way in order for their coaching staff to get him involved in their system.

  • scomstock55

    good move…now we have a WR across from Bowe that is a lot cheaper….lol..

    • berttheclock

      Million seven is still a million seven

    • micah stephenson

      I was hoping for someone better not cheaper.

  • berttheclock

    The headline at sfgate is ‘”Block-BUST-er” trade’

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      lol

  • mnelson52

    Both players have been pretty much 1st round busts. Jenkins has had a lot of trouble at this level also. Maybe a different city and different coaching can help both players. If it can help only one, let it be Jenkins, GO CHIEFS!!!!!!

  • scomstock55

    it seems that Jenkins selection in the first round was a reach…here is his draft profile in case anyone wants to see it

  • micah stephenson

    Baldwins numbers will skyrocket now that he is on a winning team. Wow. Baldwins bout to get a superbowl ring.

    • scomstock55

      i doubt it…i hope not…I hope he is just what he showed to be here….it would suck to have given up on him 6 months early

      • micah stephenson

        Well Baldwin never got to play with a good QB. He will shine now.

    • Montez K.

      what does that have to with us? He would not give effort in training camp, he was dropping balls, and he was, quite frankly, taking up space..what good is a receiver who doesn’t get open and doesn’t catch the ball? They can have his ass…maybe they can figure out how to make him do his job but he wasn’t doing it here…what would you have to say if we did make it to the playoffs and he dropped the game winning ball? Food for thought.

      • RepOurChiefs

        Right..you can tell he didnt want to be here so…he got his wish.

      • micah stephenson

        Playoffs!!!!!! Yea right.

        • Montez K.

          I can’t tell if you are a Chiefs fan or a Raider fan with a Chiefs fan’s picture…we are going to have a good year, regardless of your small opinions. Be more positive, eat a cookie, go swimming. Does your mama beat you?

          • micah stephenson

            I’m trying to b positive but its hard when you are 0-2 and Ried and Smith ain’t showed me nothing yet. I guess its all Baldwins fault they suck.

  • Montez K.

    Great move! What people have to realize is that certain receivers thrive in different systems…Up until today San Fran was all about involving AJ Jenkins more this year—Baldwin has had one more year than Jenkins to pick up the pace…AJ Jenkins was learning behind Randy Moss last year didn’t really play all year…but he had some serious competition in front of him….Baldwin started games and still sucked….what good is a 6’4 receiver who can’t catch? I say good riddance. If nothing else, I’ve played with Jenkins in Madden 25 with the 49ers and I was using his ass heavily….Chiefs just got a little nicer in Madden standards lol. Good move Chiefs…At the very least they got rid of dead money over the next two years! I love how decisive this regime is, any other time we would head right on into the season knowing we have a problem and just hope for the best…NOT THIS YEAR!

    • micah stephenson

      In madden Baldwin is 72 ovr and Jenkins is 69 ovr. That’s a downgrade.

      • Michael Shaw

        I think what he is saying is that in Madden, Baldwin doesn’t catch any better than he does in real life, but Jenkins is the opposite. Of course I could be wrong again………

        • Montez K.

          you’re right on.

      • Norman Gunn

        What is the difference between the two in speed?

        • micah stephenson

          Baldwin is 91 speed Jenkins is 94 speed. Baldwin is Taller and can run block besides catch.

      • Montez K.

        Speed kills in Madden. Period. LaMichael James is a 73…but how many of you have been BURNED by LJ off a screen or return? That’s my point…you can’t do anything with Baldwin if he gets hit. Madden comment definitely not my overall point but just a little side note

    • RepOurChiefs

      Well put Montez…

      • Montez K.

        thanks! #Chiefnation

    • Montez K.

      Speed kills in Madden. Period. LaMichael James is a 73…but how many of you have been BURNED by LJ off a screen or return? That’s my point…you can’t do anything with Baldwin if he gets hit. Madden comment definitely not my overall point but just a little side note

  • Montez K.

    Chiefs also have the advantage of A. Smith….Smith has worked with him….I seriously doubt that he would vouch for someone he has played with before…maybe he meshes with him but Kaepernick doesn’t? I just think this situation will pan out for us…the odds are in our favor!

  • micah stephenson

    Wow. The 49s beat us agian!!!! 1st A.Smith now Baldwin. The 49s are stacked!!!

    • tm1946

      Think you made your point, you like Baldwin.

      If Baldwin help them, good for both. I do not want Baldwin to remain the bust he was in KC. Only…..SF is “stacked” by adding Baldwin…..ok if you say so, I guess.

      • micah stephenson

        If Baldwin has a good season for the 49s I wudnt call him a bust. I’d say was up with the QBs in kc.

        • Calchiefsfan

          That’s a big if. I think it speaks more of the desperation that San Francisco has trying to find someone, anyone to play WR there. At least it’s a low risk play for SF since they weren’t getting anything out of Jenkins either.

    • Danny W

      I have to admit Smith isn’t looking all that great.

  • micah stephenson

    If Baldwin is so scrubby why are the 49s willing to trade they 1st rd pick from last yr for him???

    • Calchiefsfan

      Cause Jenkins is scrubby too.

  • Calchiefsfan

    Give Rico a chance! I really like that kid, he’s a gamer.

    As far as Jenkins for Baldwin it was really a no lose for either team. If either receiver pans out then it’s a win for that team otherwise nothing was really lost. Both players were not producing anything. Baldwin looked like he just didn’t care out on the field, no passion, no real effort. Good luck on SF, maybe the change will do him some good.

  • Pealvin

    I’m sad, not gonna lie! I liked Jon I thought he would come into his own this year. Idk if I like the trade either, we get smaller. We have three small guys now, coverage will still be rolled over to Bowe. Maybe we have a FA signing coming.

    • Danny W

      I agree I think we pulled the trigger a little prematurely.

      • Pealvin

        Well that’s why they get paid the big bucks!!!

        • Danny W

          Indeed I like you, though enjoy commenting my two cents on the comings and goings of everything Chiefs. As you’ve seen if you’ve been a Chiefs fan for very long sometimes fans are right. The guys making the big bucks, (Scott Pioli) (Romeo Crennel) can be way out of their element. Some fans (me) were calling for Pioli to be canned long before his pink slip was inevitably given. It’s apparent not only to people like me but to every owner in the NFL Scooter Pioli wasn’t worth a rehire as a GM. He was horrible. Thus weighing in on your opinion now can warrant you credibility amongst your peers later in whose intuition was write or wrong. You and I think the trade maybe wasn’t the best option, or maybe you do? One thing is for sure I don’t trust any regime until we’ve won consistently.

  • dakotachief

    Any time you can trade a dumpster fire to another team who cares what you get in return. Baldwin cant catch a cold and to cut him would have been a 2mil cap hit. At leaste now we might have a possibility.

    • Montez K.

      Thank you.

  • berttheclock

    Trent Baalke is an outstanding GM for the Niners and has built their team through the draft. However, Baalke has been known to cut his losses. He drafted Taylor Mays, a safety from Southern Cal in the 2nd round, but, TM did not make an impact, so, Baalke traded him to the Bengals for a 7th round pick. Mays is a backup safety with the Bengals and has stuck with them.

  • Ross

    At some point, you would think that Reid and Dorsey asked Alex Smith, “Is AJ Jenkins better than Jon Baldwin?” Smith must have answered yes.

    • micah stephenson

      Based on what? Jenkins has ZERO NFL catches.

  • RepOurChiefs

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW is all im thinking!!! The older regime would never had made such a bold move. I like it!!

    • micah stephenson

      Is it a bold move or a stupid move?

  • micah stephenson

    What a stupid move. I see another top ten draft pick coming soon. Mayby there will b a QB good enough for us to draft 1st rd this yr.

    • Danny W

      I’m not that high on this ball club yet but I don’t think were gonna be as bad as we were last year.

  • Danny W

    I wasn’t ready see Jon Bald go yet. I thought he was gonna be good, still might.

  • ArrowFan

    Why all the love for a busted 1st round pick who seems gifted but lazy. I think he was given every opportunity to prove himself to the new HC and GM. If it isn’t apparent to everyone else I will spell it out to you. He did not impress our HC and GM therefore they traded him for at least a prospect instead of benching him all season and paying him 2 mill. I’m happy that we at least are getting an unknown potential in return other than a known under-preforming 1st round bench warmer.

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