Ravens Trade Anquan Boldin To The 49ers

The Baltimore Ravens traded wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday for a sixth-round draft pick after he failed to agree to take a cut pay.

The loss of the veteran wide receiver now means the defending Super Bowl champions will likely turn to either Tandon Doss or Jacoby Jones to replace him. Jones is expected to stay in 2013 even though he is a due a $1 million roster bonus this month.

The $6 million in salary cap space that the Ravens saved by trading Boldin will likely go towards them trying to retain unrestricted free agents linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger. Keeping both, however, will still be tough as Kruger has already been linked to several teams looking to acquire his services once the free agency signing period begins Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. EST.

During his three years in Baltimore, Boldin had 36 catches for 508 yards and 3 touchdowns in the six regular season games that he played against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the one playoff game that he played in against the Steelers he had 1 catch for -2 yards.

Boldin now goes from one Harbaugh brother to another and he will most likely finish his career in San Francisco.

  • Garrett Hunt

    And by the minute it looks like average Joe is gonna live less and less up to that contract.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    I think its a better move by the Ravens. Clear $6 mil. in cap space and get a pick for a guy in the back end of his career. With the contract Flacco just got I’m sure the Ravens will find a replacement or they think that guy is already on the roster.

    As for the 49ers, you can’t really say it’s a bad move. They get a guy whose career is almost over but who can still contribute as a solid pass catcher and red zone target. He can also teach the niners young WRs, they will probably add another in the upcoming draft. He also replaces the outgoing R. Moss. Plus they still have 14 or 15 picks.

    A win for both teams but a bigger win for the Ravens.

  • Dan

    Couldn’t disagree more. Last year Boldin caught 87 balls for 1201 yards and 4 TDs, with his best games in the playoffs. He’s only missed 3 games in 3 years. He is a beast with great hands. I would give $6mil in a heartbeat. If the Ravens feel that they won’t be able to resign him after next year anyway and they can’t spare the cap space this year, then that’s their decision, but I think they’re basically declaring next year as a rebuilding year by ditching Bolding for a token 6th round choice. A 6th rounder is practically no value. The 49ers got a great value and are positioning themselves for 2013 run, while the Ravens are thinking 2014 and beyond. Like Garett said above, Joe is going to look like a bad deal next year with no one to through to.

  • zyzak

    Baltimore is in ruins,

  • Bob Francis

    Forgive me if this is somehow obvious, but why would the 49ers give up a pick when it was likely Boldin would be released anyway? The only thing I can think of is that it keeps them from getting into a bidding war (and the 49ers have a boatload of picks this year). If the Ravens can get a 6 for Boldin, why aren’t other teams who have to cut starters for cap reasons getting picks (i.e. Harrison)?

  • Mikey Hoje

    Double team Torrey Smith, play hard, don’t blow coverages.

  • Pete

    The thing with Boldin is that he makes the toughest catches. He’s not the fastest guy but he is strong as an ox. Without Boldin, Flacco and the Ravens don’t win the SB. It’s just scary that Arizona once had him and Fitz. The 49ers only gave up a 6th rounder to get him (plus his 6 mil salary) but they have the cap space. This will hurt the Ravens more than they realize.

  • Nolrog

    Ahhhhh, the Flacco deal is paying dividends already.

  • Dave, I cannot remember the source, but Boldin is currently in Africa.

    They’re stuck with his cap hit until he returns and signs the papers, which could certainly put them at a disadvantage in trying to retain their linebackers.

  • LucasY59

    Yeah other than the fact that the Niners had so many draft picks that the 6th they gave up wasn’t much. I would think they would be able to get Bolden for less than 6mil/yr if they waited for the Ravens to cut him. my guess is that the Harbaugh Bro’s decided to help each other out

  • CrRe

    Holly Crap! Why is it the every teams is helping the 49ers?! If anything I would be trying to do the opposite. I think it was a wise move. How many 6th round picks end up contributing in a big way? That teams was in the superbowl last year, very young and have very few weaknesses already. Ravens just made an area that could use some improvements better.

  • steeltown

    Bad move.. I know they need cap space, but Boldin is the type of WR that every Team needs, tough dependable guy with good hands, he’ll be missed

    I hope the Steelers can land a tough, surehanded WR in the upcoming draft

  • SteelSpine

    A 6th round pick is really cheap to get him. Inside trading by the Harbaugh Bros. Makes ya wonder what else the Harbaugh Bros are now inside-trading talking about to help each other out at the expense of the rest of the league.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    If the Ravens thought he could repeat that season he would either still be on the team or they would have got more in the trade. Boldin is at the end of his career that’s why he mentioned retiring instead of going somewhere else. He will not be the impact player he was last year for the 49ers. I did say he will contribute to the offense. Getting anything for a player you were going to cut anyway is a win.

    You are right in thinking the 49ers are poised for a SB run in 2013, but I’m sure the Ravens are thinking the same thing. Yes R. Lewis is gone, Boldin is gone, Reed, Kruger and Ellerbe might be gone. But, the Ravens are prepared for that they have changed philosophies as the defense has aged they still have Flacco a top 10 QB, R. Rice, T. Smith, J. Jones and D. Pitta. They can still add a big WR in the draft and they have a quality offensive line. They also still have playmakers on defense. Baltimore may be thinking it has to rebuild its defense but thats about it

  • Superdriller316

    I would take Boldin over Wallace every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Sure hands beats speed every time.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    I am a Steelers fan, I am from Pittsburgh and they are my favorite team. If you look at the Ravens situation without emotion they are probably in better shape than Pittsburgh. At worst they are in the same position as the Steelers. If the Steelers do not manage the cap better, bring in more youth and have amazing drafts the next couple years people will be wishing for last season. I don’t think people can say that about the Ravens.

    Kevin Colbert is right the team is not in transition it is rebuilding. We need skill players on f

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    On offense and on defense. Polamalu, Taylor, Clark, and Keisel are done like next year. Harrison is gone, Lewis could be gone, Wallace is gone and we have 0 guys to step up. The team doesn’t even have a starting RB.

    Then according to you guys on this site the team should waste its first round pick on a guard or in a defensive guy who won’t even play and there is no way the defense can be rebuilt in just this draft. So while the team rebuilds the entire defense we waste the rest of Roethlisbergers career. And then we can have this great defense and have some guy like kordell stewart or tommy maddox at QB we see how far that got us.

    Instead the team should learn from Baltimore and change philosophies from a D team to an O team and let the best player on the team, Roethlisberger, put the team on his shoulders. He needs the weapons to do that and thats why the team needs to draft O in the first 4 rounds of this draft to give Ben the weapons he needs to carry this team and use the next few drafts to rebuild the defense. Especially since the high defensive draft picks aren’t even starting.

  • Kyle Owens

    Boldin for a 6th RD pick?!?! As a Steeler fan, my first instinct is to point and laugh Nelson Muntz style but Ozzie Newsome hasn’t made many mistakes. Also Adalius Thomas & Chester Taylor were selected in the 6th RD so maybe….., I know , I know, I’m reaching. Just trying to give Ozzie the benefit of the doubt.

  • Clint Martin

    Bryant McKinnie is also refusing to take a pay cut! Flacco got his contract and everyone else is asked to take less. They will not REPLACE Boldin.