Reporting Mark Viviano
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There’s been a decision on the Anquan Boldin contract situation.
Mark Viviano reports Boldin has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick.
Boldin is the first significant casualty of the salary cap. Each team can only afford so many good players. Boldin is one of the best, but his high price tag leads to a problem and now he’s headed to San Francisco.
The 49ers are, of course, the team that the Ravens beat in the Super Bowl.
The Ravens tried to get Boldin to accept a $2 million pay cut, which he refused to do.
Boldin is in the final year of his contract and was due to earn $6 million this year. The Ravens had hoped to renegotiate his deal but that did not pan out.
Boldin has been with the team for three years. He led the team in receiving yardage every year he was here and was the franchise leader in postseason receiving yards.
Boldin did threaten to retire if he wasn’t kept with the Ravens.
Joe Flacco says he’s saddened by the fact that Boldin has been traded. So are fans, who are worried about next season.
“Anquan was a great receiver for myself…it’s sad to see a guy like that go,” Flacco said. “Anquan was a big part of this football team and a big part of this offense.”
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“Definitely shocked,” said Torrey Smith.
Most fans were upset at the news.
“It’s ridiculous,” said one fan.
“To lose Boldin is sad,” said another fan.
Some fans, however, feel that the Ravens management knows what’s best for the team.
This may not be the last loss the Ravens will see. Safety Ed Reed is a free agent after 11 years in Baltimore. After representing himself in contract talks, he’s now hired an agent.
Paul Kruger, Dannel Ellerbe and Bryant McKinnie are other free agents. The signing period begins Tuesday.