49ers acquire Anquan Boldin for measly sixth-round pick

49ers grab Anquan Boldin for a pittance as Harbaugh fleeces Harbaugh

3/11/13 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   486 respect

Blog Photo - 49ers acquire Anquan Boldin for measly sixth-round pickWe'd call it today's second blockbuster trade for an NFL wide receiver, except it's kind of hard to call a trade a "blockbuster" when one side is giving up just a measly sixth-round draft pick. In the wake of the Percy Harvin-for-a-first-rounder trade between Minnesota and Seattle, the Baltimore Ravens have traded three-time Pro Bowl receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for nothing but the aforementioned sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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.

Blog Photo - 49ers acquire Anquan Boldin for measly sixth-round pickYes, 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.
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3/11/13   |   CASE717   |   13 respect

good job.  I dont agree that Boldin is a rental.  He will produce better than Moss did, then his price will go up and idk if the 49ers will tender him.  At this point of his career, Boldin is about rings, not numbers.  Why leave one of the best teams about to move into a new stadium on paper?