The 49ers announced they've traded 2012 first-round pick A.J. Jenkins to the Kansas City Chiefs for WR Jon Baldwin on Monday morning. Here are some immediate reactions from players and coaches:
Davis felt that Jenkins still has potential after seeing what he did in practice throughout this offseason. He wants only the best for Jenkins being with the Chiefs.
It's a great situation for A.J. because he will have a fresh start, it could be a good wake up call for him. He has potential, his career is not over. I still feel that he has great potential. He needs to take his approach towards the game up a notch and go above and beyond about being a professional. If he wants [to be great] inside his heart, it will pay dividends.
The 49ers head coach compared his experience when he was traded by the Indianapolis Colts to the Baltimore Ravens in 1998. He wouldn't make any further comments until both Baldwin and Jenkins pass their physicals.
I speak from personal experience as I was rejected by a team and sent to another team. Both players appear to be in excellent shape. Every day is valuable and it is a competitive environment and opportunity for [Baldwin and Jenkins.
The most recent 49ers first-round pick said that the news was sudden and unexpected. He saw things on the bright side for Jenkins that it's a new opportunity. Reid said he could relate to Jenkins on the pressure of being a first-round draft pick being filled with high expectations. When guarding Jenkins in practice, Reid said he was very fast and that staying with him wasn't easy.
[The trade was] part of the game and that's an unfortunate part about it. The [front office] upstairs made a decision. Jenkins still is playing the game he loves and he goes to a different city. It's a new opportunity and I hope the best for him as he gets reps on his new team.
Williams said he isn't worried about the rest of the WR core but says this trade tells everyone else to step it up. Like Davis, he also said he saw potential in Jenkins from the last 15 months.
Knowing A.J. the way I do and seeing him grow over the past year, I know his talent is there. He has the tools to be a great receiver in this league. He wasn't taken in the first round for nothing and he'll get the opportunity over there. It will be up to him to make the most of it as with the rest of us in this league. It can go so fast that you need to take advantage. There is no panic [among the rest of us], we will be prepared for every single Sunday.
The fresh start with Alex [Smith] over there will bring him up to speed I think he'll be alright. It didn't work out here and that's fine for both parties, the fresh start will be good for every body.
Like Reid, the 11-year veteran said the trade itself was part of the NFL. He wishes Jenkins the best of luck while in Kansas City. Osgood also said the trade doesn't affect his play in practice or serve as an extra motivator.
That's the nature of the business. When things [like this] happen, it can't take you off guard. [Jenkins was a great guy. He works hard and I feel he'll have a future in the NFL. I hope he contributes to his new team out there.
I'm out here trying to figure out what I can do [for the 49ers]. I try to go out of the way [in order to] contribute and play my best.