Friday, April 16, 2010
Dolphins finally give Ginn the thumb
One of the many running jokes from Cam Cameron's brief tenure with the Miami Dolphins in 2007 was born when he stepped to the microphone at a draft party to herald Ted Ginn Jr. as their selection.
Ted Ginn Jr. was traded on Friday after three mostly disappointing seasons in Miami.
The Dolfans gathered in the team's practice bubble were livid. They booed and jeered. They delivered emphatic thumbs-down gestures.
"Hey, we need that thumb to go this direction!" Cameron said, giving a cheesy thumbs up.
On Friday, the Dolphins' front office took Cameron's thumbs up and directed it over their shoulders -- as in the heave-ho. Ginn has been ejected from the Dolphins' roster after three uninspiring seasons.
A league source has confirmed to NFC West blogger Mike Sando the Dolphins have sent Ginn in this direction: to the San Francisco 49ers. The Dolphins reportedly received a fifth-round pick in next week's draft from the 49ers in exchange for Ginn.
That's a dramatic fall for a ninth overall pick in three years.
Ginn wasn't needed in Miami after the trade for Brandon Marshall. Even before that blockbuster deal, Ginn was on his way out.
Ginn was fun to watch when returning a kick, but he was a mediocre receiver. He frustrated Dolfans with his dropped passes and propensity to run out of bounds to avoid contact.
ProFootballFocus.com tallied 10 drops last year for Ginn. That tied for most in the NFL. Factor in his 38 receptions, and Ginn's drop percentage was 20.8 percent, third-worst in the league among all wide receivers and tight ends.
ESPN Stats & Information calculated Ginn had the worst catch percentage among all NFL receivers on passes that travel more than 20 yards downfield. The Dolphins tried him deep 15 times, but completed three.