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49ers trade A.J. Jenkins to Chiefs for Jon Baldwin

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The San Francisco 49ers no longer have their biggest disappointment on the roster, as they have traded away second-year wideout A.J. Jenkins to the Kansas City Chiefs for receiver Jonathan Baldwin.

Jenkins, a first-round draft pick of 2012, was struggling to keep up and make an impact in training camp and during preseason games. He caught zero passes a rookie last season and was projected to produce more in his second season.

With Michael Crabtree out with a severe injury, there was playing time available along with plenty of competition for a roster spot at the wide receiver position. Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, Marlon Moore and rookie Quinton Patton are expected to hold four of the 53-man roster spots.

Baldwin, a first-round draft pick of 2011, struggled to catch on with the Chiefs, a similar case to Jenkins with the 49ers. In two seasons, he has caught 41 passes for 579 yards and two touchdowns. He will compete with Austin Collie, Lavelle Hawkins, Chad Hall, Ricardo Lockette, Chuck Jacobs and Kassim Osgood for the remaining roster spots.

Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports

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