Ted Ginn Jr. agrees to pay cut
Ted Ginn Jr. became the first player to have kickoff-return and punt-return touchdowns in the same game on opening weekend of the NFL season -- and in the same week he agreed to a reduced contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
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Ginn on Sunday returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in a minute's span late in the fourth quarter, helping the 49ers give Jim Harbaugh a 33-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in his much-hyped debut as coach.
The 49ers restructured Ginn's contract and had him take a $1.2 million pay cut, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, confirming reports out of the Bay Area.
But the 49ers did work in incentives, giving Ginn the chance to earn back that money based on his punt return average, receptions, and playing time ($400,000 a piece).
He ran a kickoff back 102 yards moments after the defending NFC West champion Seahawks had closed within 19-17. It was the second-longest kick return at home and fourth-longest in team history. He then scored on a 55-yard punt return.
"I got an opportunity to go out and show what I had," Ginn said. "It's great. You do it on the video game a lot, but you don't see it a lot in real life."
Sunday's performance wasn't the first time Ginn has had a huge day on special teams. He also returned kickoffs of 100 and 101 yards for touchdowns in a 30-25 win for the Miami Dolphins over the New York Jets on Nov. 1, 2009.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.