May 29, 2012; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers first round draft pick wide receiver A.J. Jenkins (17) during organized team activities at the San Francisco 49ers training facility. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football: Former Illini A.J. Jenkins Traded From San Francisco 49ers to Kansas City Chiefs

Aug 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver A.J. Jenkins (17) catches a pass during warmups before the game against the Denver Broncos at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

For the past few weeks, many have been discussing whether or not the San Francisco 49ers were going to release former Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins. Well, the 49ers did not release Jenkins, but have officially traded him over to the AFC.

A.J. Jenkins will now be a member of the Kansas City Chiefs as KC was able to acquire him from the 49ers for wide receiver Jon Baldwin.

The 49ers drafted Jenkins with the 30th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, and the former Illini receiver only appeared in three games as a rookie and did not make a catch (despite being healthy all season).

According to ESPN, both sides are happy with this swap of disappointing first-round picks.

In a statement on Monday, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said:

“We would like to thank A.J. for his efforts as a member of the 49ers and wish him all the best with the Kansas City Chiefs. We are pleased to add Jonathan to our team and look forward to incorporating him into our offense. Both players have been presented a great opportunity for a new beginning with their respective teams.”

Also, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement on the Chiefs’ website:

“We felt like this trade was beneficial for all parties involved. A.J. is a talented individual with a skillset that we feel can add value to our football team. Jon Baldwin is a hardworking player and a professional. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”

During his senior season at Illinois, Jenkins led the team with 1,276 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns. The Illini beat the UCLA Bruins in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl that season.

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