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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Tags: Anquan Boldin Baltimore Ravens NFL San Francisco 49ers

  • Tynan Patrick

    I have to correct you a bit here. The Flacco deal didn’t mess up anything for the ravens. Flacco has a cap hit lower than his cap number from last year, it is also lower than the cap number of Suggs, Ngata, Boldin and yanda. Boldin getting traded had almost nothing to do with the Flacco deal, if anything it was about Suggs cap hit which is over 13 million and basically double what Flacco has as a cap number.

    • Baily Deeter

      I see what you are saying, but the fact that they owed Flacco so much in the future may have made it so Baltimore wanted to dump some salary. Thanks for the read and comment!