The Ravens hosted San Francisco 49ers wide receiver and return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. on Friday. The possibility of the former first-round draft pick leaving one Harbaugh (Jim) for another (John) is an intriguing one.
The Ravens are definitely interested in adding a return specialist this offseason. In 2011, starting cornerback Lardarius Webb popped a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown in a win over the Cleveland Browns. But other than that, the Ravens produced few big returns as they struggled on special teams overall.
Ginn was drafted ninth overall by the Miami Dolphins out of Ohio State in 2007 but didn’t live up to expectations as a receiver. He latched on with the 49ers in 2010 and scored two return touchdowns in the 2011 regular season as Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers made a surprise run to the NFC championship game.
Ginn has reportedly made a handful of visits the past few days, and apparently he ran into Torrey Smith at the Ravens' facility because Smith tweeted about a Ginn sighting Friday.
Ginn has ties to a member of the Ravens’ coaching staff, and I’m not referring to coach John Harbaugh. He was Miami’s No. 1 draft pick in Cam Cameron’s one season as Dolphins head coach.
If Ginn were to sign with the Ravens, he would instantly provide a boost to their return game. But Ginn, who turns 27 next month, also has potential as a downfield target. The Ravens are looking for another speedy wide receiver to stretch defenses across from Smith, and if Ginn can develop some consistency, he has the straight-line speed to blow the top off of an opponent’s coverage.
Ginn hauled in 159 passes for 2,047 yards and six touchdowns in his first five seasons His best season was in 2008 when he caught 56 passes for 790 yards and two touchdowns.
The Carroll County Times first reported Ginn's visit.
Ted Ginn Jr. visited the Ravens on Friday