What looked a little curious at first was given real substance during the AFC Coaches’ Breakfast on Thursday. The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens traded star receiver Anquan Boldin to the super Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers for a measly sixth-round pick only minutes before the 2013 free agency deadline.
Plenty of folks could not believe the teams, led by coaches John and Jim Harbaugh, respectively, made the trade without some brotherly input.
Well, as it turns out, they didn’t.
CBS Sports spoke to Baltimore coach and older brother John regarding the trade of the wideout. Harbaugh did not hold back, saying that yes, he called his brother in order to facilitate the trade.
“It was me to my brother. I called him up and just said, ‘Would you be interested?’ He said, ‘Heck yeah, let me go talk to Trent.’ ” John said. “This was about 3:30 before the 4 o’clock deadline. He ran down to Trent and they talked, and then Trent got on the phone with Ozzie and they had it worked out.”
Hey John, have you ever heard of such a thing as a sibling rivalry?
Of course, and at first, he even admitted that Jim was not entirely trusting of the guy who had just beaten him on professional sports’ biggest stage. But, then again, Boldin is spectacular and still only 32. It was at least worth a shot.
“I’m sure he was probably a little suspicious,” John said laughing. “But Anquan is a great player, there’s just no denying it. From a pure standpoint, I think they feel like they got a great deal. I know they got a great player, they got a great leader, they got a guy that will be a perfect fit in their offense in a lot of ways, and they realized that right away.”
One might be inclined to hate on John’s actions, saying that he directly helped an opponent to bring in a great player. However, when looking at it logically, the move makes perfect sense: Baltimore was going to cut Boldin anyways. If he were to hit the free agency market, what would keep him from signing with New England or Miami (dare we say the New York Jets too? Nah.) and getting up for two games a year against his former team, the team he wanted to retire with?
Instead, he is shipped to the other side of the country. The Niners and Ravens will only play each other in the regular season every few years, and can only meet in the playoffs in the Super Bowl.
Yes, there is a chance the brothers meet there once again (in fact, both are planning on it, presumably), however, John already has his ring.
Can you blame the guy for perhaps trying to help li’l bro snag his own?