The Chiefs and 49ers announced they have traded Baldwin, who was the 26th overall pick in the 2011 draft, for Jenkins, who was the 30th overall pick in the 2012 draft. In two seasons, Baldwin caught 41 passes for 579 yards and two touchdowns.
General manager Trent Baalke released the following statement on Jenkins:
We would like to thank A.J. for his efforts as a member of the 49ers and wish him all the best with the Kansas City Chiefs. We are pleased to add Jonathan to our team and look forward to incorporating him into our offense. Both players have been presented a great opportunity for a new beginning with their respective teams.
In contrast, Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey released the following statement about Baldwin:
Jon Baldwin is a hardworking player and a professional. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.
Jenkins failed to catch a pass in his rookie season with the 49ers. He was inactive for the first 11 games and he dropped the only pass that came his way which came in Week 17. While being on the field for eight games including the postseason, he was never targeted by Colin Kaepernick.
During the offseason, Jenkins spent time in Atlanta to train with Kaepernick and improve, but in training camp he has shown to not live up to the hype. In the first preseason game against the Denver Broncos, Jenkins caught one pass, but fumbled the ball after a few steps which resulted in a turnover. He was targeted two other times, resulting in an incompletion and an interception which the quarterback forced the ball.
It was one of the most disappointing first-round 49ers draft picks in team history. Jenkins was one of only two healthy first-round wide receivers in the last 30 years to not have a reception. Clyde Duncan was the last to be shutout when he was the 17th overall pick of the St. Louis Cardinals back in 1984.
Jenkins wrote on his Twitter the following statement:
"I'd like to thank the 49ers coaches organization for the opportunity they presented me and I can't wait to get going in KC."
New head coach Andy Reid is most likely attracted to Jenkins' quickness which could help in a West Coast style of offense in Kansas City.
This is the second trade between the Chiefs and the 49ers, the first being an exchange of Alex Smith for two draft picks earlier this year. It can be assumed that Baalke and Dorsey negotiated this trade on Friday when Baalke was in Kansas City.
During the preseason game, Smith tried to throw to Baldwin three times when facing the 49ers defense. All three attempts landed incomplete with one of them being dropped. Jenkins on the other hand was targeted twice, one time resulting in an interception while the other was incomplete.