49ers grab Anquan Boldin for a pittance as Harbaugh fleeces Harbaugh
Let's see... Anquan Boldin played in 15 games last season, racked up 921 yards receiving, and had a monster post-season -- yet the Ravens traded him for just a sixth-round pick. Percy Harvin played in just 9 games last season, put up a career-worst 677 yards receiving, and had no post-season of which to speak -- yet the Vikings got a first-round draft pick for him, plus two other picks. I'm no NFL general manager, but I think I know which of those two is the better trade for a veteran wide receiver.
Baltimore Sun beat writer Aaron Wilson broke the news that Anquan Boldin was traded to the 49ers for a sixth-round pick in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft. The completion of the trade is pending Boldin successfully passing a physical. He is currently out of the country on a charity trip to Africa.
Yes, this is that Anquan Boldin -- the one who just set a Ravens franchise record for most receiving yards in a playoff game. Yes, Boldin was just traded for that sixth-round pick -- the 189th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. You did not get equal value, Baltimore.
Obviously, there is some additional backstory here. Boldin is a salary cap casualty -- he had been asked to take a $2 million pay cut to keep the Ravens under the salary cap. Boldin refused to take this pay cut, and he's been shipped to San Francisco for lint and peanuts.
For San Francisco, Boldin is probably just a one-year rental. His contract is up at the end of the year, and he'll cost the Niners $6 million for the 2013 season.