The U.S. Senate may start looking into bounties in professional sports, the Saints continue to react…
Ginn chooses 49ers over Vikings
"We are glad that Ted has decided to return to the 49ers in 2012," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in the team's release. "He is a versatile player and an excellent teammate that will continue to play an important role for us on both offense and special teams."
Ginn's main value comes as a return man, but the 49ers already had signed receivers Randy Moss and Mario Manningham before Ginn re-signed.
Last year, Ginn returned 29 kicks for 800 yards (27.6-yard average) and one touchdown. In 2010, he returned 47 kicks for 992 yards (21.1 average). That continued a trend of kick-return success in Miami, where eclipsed 1,000-yard seasons in 2009 (1,296 yards on 52 returns) and his rookie season of 2007 (1,433 yards on 63 returns). For his career, he has averaged 23.2 yards per return and has three touchdowns.
Last year, the Vikings averaged 26.9 yards on 53 kickoff returns, but Lorenzo Booker, who led the team with 19 returns, hasn't been re-signed and is a restricted free agent. Percy Harvin (32.5-yard average) and Marcus Sherel (27.8) returned 16 kickoffs each.
The 49ers also used Ginn extensively as a punt returner the last two seasons. In 2011, he returned a career-high 38 punts for 466 yards (12.3) and a touchdown. In 2010, it was 24 punt returns for 321 yards (13.4 average) and a touchdown. He has three touchdowns and an 11.2-yard average on punt returns over his five-year career.
He also has seven fumbles as a punt returner, but only one in the last two seasons over a combined 62 returns.
Last year, Marcus Sherels averaged 8.4 yards on 33 returns for the Vikings.
Tim Yotter is the publisher of Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
VikingUpdate.com Recommended Stories
Gruden prepares vs. ‘blitz doctor’ Zimmer
Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden coached together for three years in Cincinnati and now face each other with the same schemes but different teams.Read More
Robison dealing with big pain in his butt
DE Brian Robison is dealing with a big bruise that is cause for some humor in the locker room.Read More
Notebook: The art of forcing fumbles
Rookie Anthony Barr was an NCAA leader in stripping the ball at UCLA. He and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer talk about forcing a fumble versus going for a tackle, which could come into play against Robert…Read More
Michigan: Brandon Resigns, Hackett Interim AD
Michigan President Mark Schlissel officially announced the resignation of athletic director Dave Brandon Friday. Schlissel appointed Jim Hackett as the interim AD with the plan moving forward to hire…Read More
Hoops: Where are the Top Recruits Going?
The initial basketball signing period begins in less than two weeks and there are currently 22 players in Scout.com's 2015 top 100 still uncommitted. Who are those 22 players considering and who will…Read More