Ginn shows his value in trade

When the Miami Dolphins traded for Brandon Marshall this week, former first- round pick Ted Ginn became expendable at the wide receiver position.

The question for the Dolphins was if they could find a buyer and if they could get some sort of value for a player that had to be marketed as a special-teams player in the return game instead of a WR.

Today, the Niners made a move to bring Ginn out to San Francisco and gave up what amounts to be fair value if you are trading for a return man — a fifth-round pick.

What the move does for the Niners is immediately upgrade their return game. Field position is big for a team like San Fran because of how they run their offensive scheme. They are not a big-play offense with Alex Smith under center, and despite the late season development of WR Michael Crabtree and the production of TE Vernon Davis, this team under Mike Singletary will continue to win football games with the running attack and defense.

Yes, Crabtree, Davis and now Ginn as a possible down-the-field threat in certain offensive packages can open up their offense and create issues for opposing defenses. But as we said earlier this week, Ginn’s true value is in the return game.

And, the Niners wanted a player who can set this offense up with a short field to work with.

For the Dolphins, they just get to move on from a failed attempt to develop Ginn into a true No. 1 or even a true No. 2 WR in Miami. It is a far drop to gain only a fifth- round pick for a player that once went ninth overall in the draft, but getting a fifth- round pick for a return man who was paid like a starting WR is good value.

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