25-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Baldwin's inability to turn his size and speed into consistent production got him chased out of Kansas City and did the same in San Francisco. His physical tools will probably get him another chance f...
Jon Baldwin Contract Information:
Waived by the Lions in August of 2014.
The Lions have waived Baldwin (knee) due to a failed physical, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Jon Baldwin: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Baldwin, a former first-round selection, has been a big disappointment since entering the league in 2011. After flaming out in just two seasons in Kansas City, he played only seven games for the 49ers last season, leading San Francisco to waive him Sunday. Now, with a pressing need outside of All-Pro Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate at wide receiver, the Lions will give the 6-4, 230-pound Baldwin an opportunity to make their roster. In three NFL seasons, Baldwin has just 44 catches for 607 yards and two touchdowns.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The move frees up a roster spot for the team's addition of fellow receiver L'Damian Washington, with Baldwin, drafted by the Chiefs in the first round in 2011, now looking for another chance to revive an NFL career that has thus far been disappointing in relation to his lofty draft selection.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Baldwin took a pay cut this week and reduced his base salary from $1.4 million to $645,000, though he can earn the difference of $755,000 back in the form of incentives tied to receiving yards, receptions and offensive playing time. However, there is no guaranteed money involved, so if he doesn't make the team, the 49ers are off the hook completely. Baldwin, who was acquired from the Chiefs prior to the 2013 season in a trade for A.J. Jenkins, never panned out during his time spent with San Francisco and has since plummeted towards the bottom of the receivers depth chart. Making the team seems like a longshot now and he will more than likely end up with another team before the start of the 2014 season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Since being acquired from the Chiefs in a swap of disappointing first-round picks earlier this season, Baldwin has done very little, even when the Niners had him on the active roster. With Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham (knee) back in the fold, Baldwin is currently the odd man out.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A 2011 first-round draft pick, Baldwin hasn't yet panned out, and it's unclear if he ever will. At 6-4, 230 and with good speed for his size, Baldwin profiles as a typical No. 1, but he's still unpolished. In the wake of his trade to the 49ers, perhaps a change of scenery will help boost his prospects, as he now moves into a fluid receiving situation, thanks to injuries that have hit San Fransico's receiving corps. He'll need to get up to speed with the offense, but once he does, Baldwin will presumably have a chance to seize a key role with his new team.
Last year’s first-round pick, Baldwin got off to a rocky start, breaking his thumb in a locker room brawl with Thomas Jones and missing the first five games of the season. When he came back he was only intermittently involved in the offense, netting 53 targets in 11 games, but averaging an abysmal 4.8 YPT. At 6-4, 230, and with good speed for a player his size, Baldwin has all the physical tools to be a No. 1 wideout if he applies himself. He’s not a great route runner, but he’s got good hands, and his big frame and unusual strength make him a potential matchup problem for smaller corners. Baldwin had reportedly been working on his route running and sharpening his understanding of the playbook this offseason, so there’s a good chance for growth in his second year. He’ll likely begin as the team’s No. 3 wideout, though it’s worth noting that Dwayne Bowe’s unhappiness with his franchise tag could portend a holdout.
While Dwayne Bowe had a fantastic season, the Chiefs No. 2 wideout was Chris Chambers—who caught just 22 passes in 13 games. It's therefore no surprise they used the 26th overall pick on Baldwin. At 6-4, 230, Baldwin is big, strong, physical and athletic. He ran a 4.50 40 at the NFL combine, which would be above average for a player his size, and there are reports he's been timed faster than that on previous occasions. Baldwin isn't particularly quick, and it takes him a while to hit his top gear, but he has excellent hands and can go over top of smaller defenders. But a wrist injury he incurred in a locker-room fight with Thomas Jones will force Baldwin to miss half the preseason, and possibly a week or two of regular season action. With the addition of free agent Steve Breaston, this incident will certainly be a major setback for the first rounder, who now has an outside shot at seeing any consistent playing time—If he can redeem himself with teammates and coaches first, that is.