Grading the Anquan Boldin Trade For Both Teams

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Jan 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) in the first half against the Denver Broncos during the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Anquan Boldin was a reason why the Baltimore Ravens, and not the San Francisco 49ers, won the Super Bowl. And now, he will be helping the 49ers on their quest to a championship.

According to multiple sources, Boldin has been shipped off to San Francisco, the team he and the Ravens beat in Super Bowl XLVII. Boldin was a huge factor in Baltimore’s Super Bowl win, making great catches while torching opposing defense and catching four touchdowns.

He stepped up when the Ravens needed him to, and that was a huge factor in the Ravens prevailing at the end of the season. But they shipped him off for a sixth round pick that is likely to miss the 53-man roster, which seems quite ridiculous.

Joe Flacco signed the richest contract in NFL history, so the Ravens were due to have some salary concerns. However, trading Boldin for a low draft pick wasn’t what Ravens fans had in mind, and while Boldin may not do well in San Francisco, the chances of the sixth round pick (or a trade involving the pick) being more productive than Boldin is very unlikely.

So, with that said, I will grade the trade for both teams.

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