NFL notebook: Chiefs trade WR Baldwin to 49ers
By Wire Reports
Published: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, 7:48 p.m.
The Chiefs and 49ers are hoping a change of scenery will give two disappointing first-round picks an opportunity to realize their potential.
The Chiefs traded wide receiver Jon Baldwin to the 49ers for wide receiver A.J. Jenkins on Monday.
Baldwin, a former Aliquippa High School and Pitt star, was the 26th overall choice of the Chiefs in 2011, but he's had a tumultuous career from the start. Baldwin broke his thumb his rookie season when he got into a fight with a teammate. He then struggled to adapt to three head coaches in his first three seasons.
Jenkins was the 30th overall pick of the 49ers last year. He appeared in three games but did not make a catch even though he was healthy throughout his team's NFC championship season.
“We felt like this trade was beneficial for all parties involved,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said.
The 49ers are hopeful Baldwin can flourish without having to deal with the pressure he had on him in Kansas City.
“There's no reason that both of these guys can't end up having a great career,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.
Report: 6 games for Miller?
Von Miller is practicing with the Broncos as a new report suggests the All-Pro linebacker could be facing an even longer suspension than originally thought.
ESPN, citing people it didn't identify, reported Miller might have to sit out at least six games for violating the league's drug-abuse policy. In that case, Miller's earliest possible game would be Oct. 20 at Indianapolis.
It was believed Miller was facing a possible monthlong suspension. Miller repeatedly had expressed confidence he was going to win an appeal of that penalty, insisting he had “done nothing wrong.”
Report: Gronk likely out Week 1
A source close to the situation said it is “not realistic” to expect Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who underwent offseason back and forearm surgery, to be ready for the team's regular-season opener at the Bills, ESPN.com reported.
“It's a huge stretch to think he could play against the Bills,” the source said.
Bills part ways with K Lindell
The Bills released longtime kicker Rian Lindell, meaning rookie Dustin Hopkins has won Buffalo's kicking competition.
The 36-year-old Lindell spent the last 10 years in Buffalo and is the most accurate kicker in Bills history with a field goal percentage of 83.3.
Saints cut receiver Breaston
The Saints terminated the contracts of receiver Steve Breaston, a former Woodland Hills standout, and reserve quarterback Seneca Wallace, who had been competing with Luke McCown to back up Drew Brees.
Jags tab Gabbert as starting QB
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley chose Blaine Gabbert as the starting quarterback for the season. Bradley said Gabbert will miss the rest of the preseason to heal the hairline fracture in his right thumb.
Bills LB ticketed for marijuana
Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham was charged with unlawful possession on marijuana after a traffic stop early Saturday, the Tonawanda (N.Y.) News reported.
Bradham, 23, was pulled over in suburban Tonawanda for a window tint violation shortly after 2 a.m., the newspaper reported. Bradham admitted to having a small amount of marijuana in his vehicle and was given a ticket to appear in court.
Around the league
The Rams named Daryl Richardson their starting running back, ESPN.com reported. ... The Jaguars released receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. … Jets linebacker Quinton Coples (ankle) will be sidelined indefinitely. … Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar has a sprained left foot, putting his availability for the season opener in jeopardy. … A trial for Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who was charged with assault after police said he hit a woman at a nightclub, has been delayed until Oct. 7. … Browns running back Dion Lewis, a former Pitt standout, underwent surgery on his fractured left fibula.
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