After hearing the news that he was traded by the Ravens to the 49ers on Monday, wide receiver Anquan Boldin says it was “shocking at first.”
Boldin, a 10-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowler, had 65 receptions for 921 yards last season.
However, despite winning the Super Bowl with the Ravens, Boldin refused to take a pay cut and Baltimore shipped him and his $6 million salary to San Francisco.
“When I look at the organization and what they’re about … and as a football team, the talent that they have … I think it’s good, a good place for me to be,” Boldin told ESPN in an interview.
His success continued over the years, and in 2009, Boldin became the fifth-fastest NFL player ever to gain 7,000 receiving yards.
In 2010, after back-to-back 1,000-plus yard seasons, Boldin was traded to the Ravens for a couple draft picks. He wasn’t as effective in Baltimore, but still played a major role in their offense and was able to consistently get into the end zone.
When asked about the 49ers chances of winning a Super Bowl next season, Boldin claims it is “a team that’s very close, a team that I feel like is on the cusp … and hopefully I can go there and help them achieve the goals they have in mind.”