KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs traded wide receiver Jon Baldwin to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday for wide receiver A.J. Jenkins in a swap of disappointing first-round picks.
Baldwin was the 26th overall choice of the Chiefs in 2011, but he's had a tumultuous career right from the start. Baldwin broke his thumb his rookie season when he got into a fight with a teammate, and then struggled to adapt to three head coaches in his first three seasons.
He's also had trouble dropping passes throughout training camp under new Chiefs coach Andy Reid, including one when he was wide open in last Friday night's preseason loss to San Francisco.
That drop alone apparently was not enough to dissuade the 49ers from making the deal.
"We are pleased to add Jonathan to our team and look forward to incorporating him into our offense," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "Both players have been presented a great opportunity for a new beginning with their respective teams."