BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Ravens have confirmed the trade of Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers. In exchange, they’ll get a sixth-round draft pick.
“Managing and assembling your roster is difficult and among the most important things we do,” Newsome stated. “It is not always pleasant, and in the case of Anquan, it is unpleasant. We know he can still play at a high level. What he has done in his three seasons with us goes well beyond the numbers, and his numbers are very good. He fit in as a Raven from Day One. His leadership, just by the way he played and prepared, was a powerful force for us. And when we needed the tough catch in important times, he made those. Look at his production in our Super Bowl run. He stepped up in a big way. When he wasn’t targeted, or when we weren’t passing, his blocking was outstanding. We all thank ‘Q’ for what he did for the Ravens over the last three years.”
Paul Kruger has gone to the Cleveland Browns for a five-year deal that will pay him nearly $8 million a season and $20 million guaranteed. He was with the Ravens for four seasons; this past year was his best. His nine quarterback sacks were a career-high and led the team. He had a sack in the Super Bowl win over San Francisco.
Dannell Ellerbe agreed to a free agent deal with the Miami Dolphins. He was expected to fill the vacancy left by Ray Lewis. Like Kruger, he spent four years in Baltimore and this past year was his best with career highs in tackles and QB sacks.
But the news isn’t all bad. The Ravens did resign Morgan Cox and David Reed to two-year contracts.
Cox is entering his fourth NFL season and tied a career high in tackles this past season. He earned the team’s Ed Block Courage Award in 2011.
Reed is also entering his fourth NFL season. In December, he earned a Special Teams Player of the Week honor after posting a then-franchise record 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.