Anquan Boldin traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the San Francisco 49ers for a 6th round draft pick

Joe Flacco has his money, but lost the WR that earned it for him

3/11/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin (left) head butts San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver (29) in the first quarter in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsIf not for Anquan Boldin, even more people would laugh at the idea of giving Joe Flacco the richest contract in NFL history. Even the Ravens.

Thanks in large part to Boldin's outstanding play over the course of this past postseason, Flacco got paid big time.

Now, Boldin will be catching passes from a new QB, after being traded to the San Francisco 49ers for only a 6th round draft pick.

Compared to what the Seahawks gave up for Percy Harvin, the 49ers got a steal.

Boldin is a bit older (he turns 33 in October), but he is a sure-handed veteran and will be a valuable asset for a young QB like Colin Kaepernick.

The Ravens beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl, but now they seem to be declining. Yeah, they signed Flacco to big dollars, but they've already lost Ray Lewis and now Boldin, and don't have a ton of money to mess around with.

Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo tweeted his reaction, expressing disappointment:

The 49ers, on the other hand, get a strong playmaker and a good veteran presence in the locker room. Between this and the Harvin trade, the NFC West should be VERY interesting this year.
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3/12/13   |   Sharp Square   |   11966 respect

Boldin played great down stretch last year no doubt about it but i see this as less of a "wow what" kind of move honestly. Boldin is getting to the back end of his nfl days bout to hit 33 and may have a decent couple seasons left in him but gotta think his better numbers and production are behind him and the injury bug etc is gonna start to creep in even more sooner rather then later.

So hard to think even though price was higher that Harvin wasn't much better move and likely the much more productive one here. And so many people have agreed this years draft doesn't really dazzle anyone so maybe that late 1st round pick this year doesnt quite have all the jazz to it as some other years etc. Harvin has some injury probs in past but at just 24 he could shake that off and put up some big numbers.

3/11/13   |   CASE717   |   13 respect

Nice Job.  Comparing both deals, San Fran got the better end because they gave up a 6th rounder.  Seattal gave up a 2014 pick and 2 picks this year, which includes a 1st rounder.  Harvin dynamic but has personal health issues and injury history. Boldin may be older, but has a couple more years in him.  A better version of Crabtree, to be blunt.  

3/11/13   |   Scott   |   54816 respect

$6 million against the cap for a 32 year old wide receiver on a team that doesn't have a lot of cap space to begin with.  Not something the Ravens wanted to do I'm sure but something they had to do to get some $$$$ to fill some of their holes