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Could Bengals Make A Run At Ginn?



Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network tweets that the Dolphins are shopping WR Ted Ginn.

Ginn, the 9th overall selection in the 2007 draft,  has been generally considered a bust for Miami.  He’s amassed only 128 receptions and 1,664 receiving yards in his three full seasons as a fish. 

I would recommend the Bengals consider engaging in trade talks with the Dolphins for his services, and here are the reasons why:

  1. We still need a WR:  The team has signed Antonio Bryant, who essentially replaces Lavernaeus Coles, who essentially replaced TJ Houshmandzadeh.  This was a very good signing, and Bryant should provide a more consistent and reliable option in the passing game.  However, to date there has been no replacement found for the vertical threat the team lost with Chris Henry’s passing.  And no, I’m not going to count Matt Jones, Mike Brown’s latest reclamation project, or Jerome Simpson, the unprepared 3rd year player, as adequate replacements.  Ginn, however, is very similar in size and speed and could do well running “9” routes to stretch defenses and clear safeties for the other receivers.
  2. He’s under contract:  No contract renegotiations required, and while I don’t have the numbers in front of me, I have to imagine the majority of the guaranteed money in his deal has already been paid.  Since he’s under 6 years of service, he’d be a restricted free agent anyway, and will remain so until a new CBA determines otherwise.
  3. He’s 25 years young:  Plenty of gas left in this tank.  Plenty more than other options like Terrell Owens.
  4. He is an effective kick returner:  Say what you will about his performance as a receiver, but Ginn is an electric return man. Quan Cosby and Bernard Scott showed flashes of  being solid return men in 2009, but Ginn would instantly provide an upgrade.  Ginn would cause opposing Special Teams coaches to prepare harder to face the Bengals.
  5. He is a former Buckeye:  This has no bearing on whether or not he can play in the NFL, but we all know that Mike Brown loves OSU, and has a soft spot in his heart for former Buckeyes. 
  6. He should be had on the cheap:  Issues or no issues, the Steelers trade of former first round pick and Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes to the Jets for a 5th round pick has set the market.  The Bengals have a first, a second, 2 thirds and 2 fourths.  Their fifth-rounder looks pretty expendable.

We must also ask ourselves, was Ginn’s modest numbers purely the result of his own ability?  The Team switched QB’s yearly during his stay, he’s played for two different coaching staffs, and he’s been a receiver in a wildcat offense the past two years.  In addition to that, he’s never been able to play with an experienced receiver on the other side.  It stands to reason that he’d be a better football player if he had Chad Ochocinco, Antonio Bryant, and Carson Palmer with him.

I say give the Dophins a call.  Bringing in Ginn would allow the team to focus on other areas in the draft, improve special teams, add another vertical threat to the passing game, and make the offense less predictable.

Update (4/16/10): So much for that idea… Miami has shipped Ginn to San Franscisco. The price? The expected 5th round pick. Missed opportunities….

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