The Anquan Boldin saga has ended nearly as quickly as it began with Baltimore. The Ravens’ wide receiver was due to make more than $6 million in 2013. Unwilling to take a pay cut, the organization had no choice but to trade or release him.
On Monday, the Ravens found that trade partner in the San Francisco 49ers, their Super Bowl 47 opponent.
Anquan Boldin traded to 49ers for a sixth-round pick
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 11, 2013
Anquan Boldin needs to pass physical before trade with 49ers becomes complete; he’s in Africa on mission. Physical, trade completion await.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2013
Baltimore signed quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to a record $120 million deal. However, the pleas of the team’s richest player could not balance the books as the team works to get under the 2013 salary cap. Again, the decision on the part of the Ravens’ front office saves the team from suffering a substantial salary hit, but it also costs Flacco his best mid-range receiving presence.
In 2013, Boldin hauled in 65 passes for 921 yards and four scores. He played biggest alongside his quarterback, tallying 10 receptions, 104 yards and a touchdown in the team’s Super Bowl win over the team Boldin will be suiting up for in 2013.
As for the 49ers, one of the league’s most dangerous teams just added yet another elite weapon for dual-threat star quarterback Colin Kaepernick to find in the passing game.