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August 19, 2013
49ers send A.J. Jenkins to Kansas City for Jon Baldwin

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A.J. Jenkins and the Chiefs' Jon Baldwin were two of the big storylines from Friday's game in Kansas City because both continued to be disappointments with their respective teams. Now they'll both try to start over with the opposite team.

The Chiefs today were the first to announce they had traded Baldwin, the 26th overall pick in the 2011 draft, for Jenkins, the 30th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Baldwin (6-4, 230) started 10 games the last two seasons in Kansas City and caught 41 passes for 579 yards and two touchdowns.

"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," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said a few minutes later in a statement. "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."

Said Baalke's counterpart in Kansas City, John Dorsey: "Jon Baldwin is a hardworking player and a professional. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward."

Jenkins, as every 49ers fan knows, has yet to catch a pass in an NFL game. He was inactive for 11 games as a rookie last year and he dropped the only pass that came his way. But his swiftness and fluidity likely is intriguing to new Chiefs coach Andy Reid and may be a better fit for the style of West Coast offense he is installing in Kansas City.

Jenkins also is familiar to Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith. The Chiefs and the 49ers, of course, did business in February when San Francisco sent Smith to Kansas City for two draft picks. It's likely that Baalke and Dorsey discussed the trade Friday when Baalke was in Kansas City.

Smith tried to throw to Baldwin three times against the 49ers defense. The big receiver dropped one of the attempts. On another, a down-field throw against cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Baldwin stumbled and the pass landed incomplete. Jenkins, meanwhile, was targeted twice. One of the passes was underthrown and turned into an interception.

Jenkins played more snaps (77) than any other 49ers receiver through two preseason games. But he had just one catch, and he fumbled immediately after the reception.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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