Ravens show interest in Ted Ginn Jr.


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San Francisco 49ers free agent wide receiver/kick returner, Ted Ginn, visited the Baltimore Ravens after visiting the Detroit Lions on Friday, according to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times.

Ginn, a former first-round draft selection of the Miami Dolphins out of Ohio State, would give the Ravens the dynamic kick returner they lacked last season. The 26-year-old would also compete as the team’s No. 3 receiver, though his career as an NFL wide receiver hasn’t been overwhelming.

In 2011, his second season with the 49ers, Ginn averaged 27.6 yards on 29 kickoff returns, with one touchdown. He also averaged 12.3 yards on 38 punt returns with one touchdown. Both of his return touchdowns came in the team’s season-opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

For his career, the 5-foot-11, 180 pounder has six return touchdowns, including a record-tying two kickoff return scores in the same game against the New York Jets in 2009.

As a receiver, Ginn has been almost nonexistent. Last year, he caught just 19 passes for 220 yards. In his two combined seasons with the 49ers, he had just 31 receptions total.

The Ravens’ return unit had its struggles in 2011. The Ravens averaged 24.9 yards per kickoff return and 9.6 yards per punt return. Kick returner David Reed was benched after fumbling two times in a week 10 loss at Seattle. While he returned to reclaim his job, his season would come to an end in a week 13 victory over the Cleveland Browns, when he tore his ACL returning a kickoff.