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Dolphins trade Ginn to 49ers

A disappointment in his three seasons with Miami, receiver Ted Ginn Jr. will get a fresh start in San Francisco. A disappointment in his three seasons with Miami, receiver Ted Ginn Jr. will get a fresh start in San Francisco. (File/Hans Deryk/Associated Press)
Associated Press / April 17, 2010

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The fastest draft bust in Miami Dolphins’ history is bound for San Francisco.

Receiver-returner Ted Ginn Jr. was traded yesterday to the 49ers for a lower-round draft pick. The Dolphins had him on the block even before they acquired Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall Wednesday from the Denver Broncos.

Taken with the ninth overall pick in 2007, he had only five touchdown catches in three seasons while averaging 13.0 yards per reception. Ginn was more successful on special teams, scoring on kickoff returns of 100 and 101 yards in the same quarter of a game against the Jets last season.

The Dolphins still have receivers Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, and Greg Camarillo as complements to Marshall. In San Francisco, Ginn will be paired with Michael Crabtree.

“We added a talented player that fit a need,’’ 49ers coach Mike Singletary said. “He’s a bundle of potential and his upside is off the charts. This guy can fly.’’

Trooper on notice
A state trooper with Ben Roethlisberger the night he was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student in a Georgia nightclub is subject to the agency’s code of conduct regardless of whether he was working for the Steelers quarterback, state police said.

An ongoing internal investigation will determine whether Trooper Ed Joyner did anything “that could reasonably be expected to destroy public respect for the Pennsylvania State Police or confidence in the state police,’’ said Myra Taylor, a state police spokeswoman.

A friend of the accuser said in a statement to police that a “bodyguard,’’ later identified as Joyner, refused to acknowledge that the woman, who had been drinking, was alone with Roethlisberger in the back of a nightclub in Milledgeville, Ga., might need assistance.

Roethlisberger will not be charged in the case.

Meanwhile, the Georgia officer who took the first report from the accuser has resigned. Milledgeville police confirmed that Sergeant Jerry Blash resigned Wednesday. Blash, the only officer who interviewed the quarterback, acknowledged that he made some derogatory comments about the alleged victim to other officers.

Missing Redskins
Albert Haynesworth and Jason Campbell stayed away as the Redskins opened their first minicamp under new coach Mike Shanahan. Haynesworth is unhappy with the prospect of playing nose tackle in the team’s switch to a 3-4 defense. He also has chosen to do his offseason conditioning workouts away from Redskins Park, a move that displeased Shanahan. The Redskins have explored trades with several teams for Haynesworth. Campbell, who was pushed down the quarterbacks depth chart when the Redskins traded for Donovan McNabb, also is seeking to be traded. Also absent is linebacker Rocky McIntosh, who is unhappy about his contract situation . . . The Seahawks signed wide receivers Mike Williams and Reggie Williams, two former first-round draft picks by other teams who flopped. Mike Williams is the former No. 10 overall choice of the Lions who ballooned to 270 pounds and has been out of the league for two years. He played for new Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at Southern Cal . . . Tackle Willie Colon, tight end Matt Spaeth, and cornerback William Gay signed one-year tenders with the Steelers. Also signing one-year tenders were Cowboys receiver Sam Hurd and Raiders linebacker Thomas Howard.

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