49ers cut Baldwin after claiming receiver off waivers

49ers cut Baldwin after claiming receiver off waivers
August 3, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Jon Baldwin appeared in seven games last season for the 49ers and caught just three passes for 28 yards. (USATI)

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SANTA CLARA – The 49ers on Sunday waived wide receiver Jon Baldwin, whom they acquired last summer in a trade for first-round pick A.J. Jenkins.

The 49ers parted ways with Baldwin in order to claim wide receiver L’Damian Washington off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys.

Washington (6 foot 4, 200 pounds) originally signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent after the draft. The Cowboys waived Washington on Saturday.

Washington played collegiately at Missouri, where he caught 100 passes for 1,735 yards (17.4 average) and 15 touchdowns. As a senior last season, he collected career highs in receptions (50), receiving yards (893) and touchdowns (10).

Baldwin appeared in seven games last season for the 49ers and caught just three passes for 28 yards. The former Kansas City first-round draft pick caught 41 passes for 579 yards in two seasons with the Chiefs.

The 49ers acquired Baldwin when they shipped A.J. Jenkins, the No. 30 overall pick in the 2012 draft, to the Chiefs, in part to get rid of his two years of guaranteed salaries.

He suited up for three games with the 49ers as a rookie and never caught a pass.

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Baldwin’s salary last season was guaranteed. He accepted a pay cut of his non-guaranteed salary this offseason to remain with the 49ers in the offseason months. But it was apparent he had no chance to make the team behind Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd, Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington, and others.