Ginn, one-time Ravens' target, opts to stay in San Francisco
By JEFF ZREBIEC
Mar 22, 2012 | 8:39 PM
It is believed that the Ravens have hosted three free agents since the market opened last Tuesday, and now all of them have signed elsewhere.
Wide receiver and return specialist Ted Ginn Jr., who visited with Ravens' officials last week in Owings Mills, has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the San Francisco 49ers. Ginn has spent the past two seasons with San Francisco after he was drafted in the first round in 2007 by the Miami Dolphins.
The explosive Ginn has six career return touchdowns. This past season, he averaged 27.6 yards per kickoff return - the third highest total in the NFL - and 12.3 yards per punt return, the fourth highest total in football. He had two return touchdowns for the 49ers.
Ginn hasn't lived up to expectations as a receiver and had just 19 catches for 220 yards last season. In his five-year NFL career, he's hauled in 159 passes for 2,047 yards and six touchdowns.
While the Ravens are looking at adding another receiver after the release of Lee Evans, they saw Ginn primarily as a return specialist. The Ravens struggled mightily in the return game last year, finishing ninth in yards per kickoff return (24.9) and 19th in yards per punt return (9.6).
As expected, the Ravens continue to be extremely quiet in free agency. They've signed just one free agent of note (veteran center Matt Birk), while losing five of their own free agents, including starters Ben Grubbs, Jarret Johnson and Cory Redding.
Along with Ginn, the Ravens have had guard Evan Mathis and defensive end Mark Anderson in for visits, but they signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills respectively.