Boldin says he'll retire if the Ravens cut him
NBC's Erik Kuselias tweeted on Friday afternoon that he had just spoken to Anquan Boldin, who told him that he will retire if he is cut by the Ravens. "They will be his last team," said Kuselias.
Boldin has not produced with the Ravens the same way he did back when he played for the Cardinals, but 2012 was the best of his three seasons in Baltimore. Boldin grabbed 65 catches for 921 yards and four touchdowns. What was even more impressive was his performance during the Ravens' Super Bowl run, in which he averaged 5.5 catches, 95 yards, and a touchdown over his four postseason games, making plenty of impressive, big-time plays along the way.
The Ravens will certainly want Boldin back from a production standpoint, but his price may be a bit high considering the team's financial situation. The Ravens are currently $5 million over the projected 2013 salary cap, and they are obviously going to want to sign free agent quarterback Joe Flacco, which will require a lucrative contract. If the Ravens use the franchise tag on Flacco, they'll be about $20 million over the cap. With other free agents such as Ed Reed and Paul Kruger, Boldin's $6 million dollar salary in 2013 may have to come off the payroll.
If the Ravens do cut Boldin, and he follows through with his retirement, he'll wrap up a career as one of the more physical, strong-handed receivers we've ever seen. The three-time Pro Bowler will finish with 772 catches, 10,165 yards, and 58 touchdowns on his career.