San Francisco 49ers

Chiefs waive former 49ers receiver A.J. Jenkins

Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins holds his San Francisco 49ers jersey while being introduced to the media in 2012 by then-coach Jim Harbaugh, left, and general manager Trent Baalke. Jenkins was a bust with the 49ers and had his short career with the Kansas City Chiefs ended when the team cut him on Tuesday.
Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins holds his San Francisco 49ers jersey while being introduced to the media in 2012 by then-coach Jim Harbaugh, left, and general manager Trent Baalke. Jenkins was a bust with the 49ers and had his short career with the Kansas City Chiefs ended when the team cut him on Tuesday. AP

The wide-receiver trade between the 49ers and Chiefs in 2013 turned out to be a lose-lose situation.

Kansas City today waived receiver A.J. Jenkins, whom the 49ers selected in the first round of the 2012 draft. Jenkins’ rookie year in San Francisco – no catches and one drop – was a bust.

That prompted the 49ers to trade Jenkins to Kansas City for another former first-round pick, receiver Jon Baldwin. The 49ers kept Baldwin on the roster in 2013 but released him before the 2014 season.

Now Jenkins, whose 2014 season in Kansas City ended early due to a shoulder injury, is looking for work too. The 49ers and the Chiefs both are expected to add wideouts through the draft this year.

San Francisco has used first-round picks on receivers three times since 2004 – on Rashaun Woods, Michael Crabtree and Jenkins. Crabtree is scheduled to become a free agent next month.

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