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Report: 49ers interested in Ted Ginn; Dockett decision expected today

The 49ers will visit with Ted Ginn Jr., who was used mainly as a return specialist in San Francisco from 2010-12.
The 49ers will visit with Ted Ginn Jr., who was used mainly as a return specialist in San Francisco from 2010-12. The Bee

A 49ers team looking for speed at wide receiver will visit Wednesday with one of the fastest free agents available, Ted Ginn Jr., ESPN reported. Ginn, who played last season in Arizona, also met with the Titans and is expected to draw interest from his hometown Cleveland Browns.

After being drafted in the first round by the Dolphins in 2007, Ginn joined the 49ers in 2010 and spent three seasons in San Francisco. He mostly was used as a return specialist and caught 33 passes in that span. Ginn, who turns 30 in May, wanted a bigger role as a receiver, and in 2013 joined Carolina where he had 36 catches for 556 yards and a career-best five touchdowns.

The following year, however, the Cardinals signed him, and his catch total dwindled to 14 for 190 yards and no touchdowns.

The 49ers have not had an impressive return game since Ginn left. Bruce Ellington, Trindon Holliday and Aussie newcomer Jarryd Hayne presumably are the current frontrunners to handle those duties.

The 49ers met on Tuesday with another former Cardinals player, defensive lineman Darnell Dockett. He is expected to choose his next home today, ESPN reported. The Cardinals have a standing offer that would pay Dockett up to $4 million based on incentives.

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