Lions awarded former first-round pick WR Jon Baldwin off waivers

By John Breech |

Jon Baldwin is headed to Detroit after a brief stint in San Francisco. (USATSI)
Jon Baldwin is headed to Detroit after a brief stint in San Francisco. (USATSI)

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For the third time in less than a year, wide receiver Jon Baldwin has a new team. The former first-round pick was awarded to Lions off of waivers on Monday, just one day after being cut by the 49ers.

The 24-year-old began his career in Kansas City after the Chiefs made him the 26th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Baldwin lasted in Kansas City for just two seasons before being shipped off to San Francisco in an August 2013 trade for 2012 first-round pick A.J. Jenkins.

Baldwin played in a total of seven games for the 49ers last season and caught three passes for 28 yards during his time on the field. Over three seasons, Baldwin has totaled 44 catches for 607 yards and two touchdowns.

In Detroit, Baldwin will compete with the likes of Kris Durham, Jeremy Ross, Ryan Broyles and Corey Fuller for playing time behind starters Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

To make room for Baldwin on the roster, the Lions released wide receiver Reese Wiggins.

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