In a not so surprising move, the Kansas City Chiefs have parted ways with their underachieving wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin. But they did so in a big way. Instead of releasing him, the Chiefs were able to trade him for value as they received the 49ers' former first-round pick of a year ago in WR A.J. Jenkins.
This is an interesting move from both teams and here's why. Both wideouts are still very young and have plenty of time to improve. Baldwin and Jenkins are only one draft apart with Baldwin being taken in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft and Jenkins being selected late in round one of the 2012 draft. But it's clear that both KC and San Fran had seen enough from their draft picks and decided to experiment with someone else.
"We felt like this trade was beneficial for all parties involved," said Chiefs GM John Dorsey. "AJ is a talented individual with a skill-set that we feel can add value to our football team. Jon Baldwin is a hardworking player and professional. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward."
Now we know Mr. Dorsey is the head man in the front office and calls the final shots when dealing with the personnel. But head coach Andy Reid just might have been the one who wanted this move to happen the most considering the continued struggles Baldwin has had in games. Baldwin dropped easy passes in the team's recent preseason game against those same 49ers.
So the Chiefs finally had enough of their disappointed WR and now bring in a guy in A.J. Jenkins who will also get a fresh start with another team. Jenkins only saw action in three games last season after being a first-team All-Big Ten wide receiver for the Fighting Illini of Illinois. So the kid does have some talent. He's smaller than Baldwin, about four inches shorter and 30 pounds lighter, but the Chiefs might be able to work with his stature in this offense.
But there was no question that their patience with Baldwin was diminishing and this trade proved it. Coach Jim Harbaugh will look to get the most out of his big frame, but Baldwin's lack of focus and mental toughness on a consistent basis is what he really needs to work on. But he's no longer a member of the Chiefs and now A.J. Jenkins will be looked at to hopefully contribute to a WR unit that is weak after Dwayne Bowe.
What do you think of the move Chiefs fans?
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