Ravens receive a sixth-round pick in the Draft.
The San Francisco 49ers have acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens, handing over a sixth-round pick in the NFL Draft as part of the deal.
The trade is set to become official later on Tuesday, as Boldin switches one Coach Harbaugh for another, joining Jim in San Francisco.
The Ravens had been keen on reducing the receiver’s salary by $2m, but Boldin was adamant that he deserved to receive the full $6m base salary he was owed.
The franchise front office’s decision to allow Boldin to leave has been met with a great deal of shock, as they look to create cap space to try and re-sign the likes of linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and address other needs ahead of the new season.
The 32-year-old caught 22 post-season passes for 380 yards with four touchdowns last year, including six catches for 104 yards and a score in the Super Bowl win over the 49ers in New Orleans.
Furthermore, Boldin led the Ravens in receiving yards the past three seasons since arriving from the Arizona Cardinals and his departure isn’t likely to go down well with some of his team-mates.
Quarterback Joe Flacco, fresh from signing a new deal of his own with the Ravens, lamented Boldin’s departure, and spoke with the media on the matter as reported by NFL.com:
“Anquan was a great receiver for myself and for our football team for this whole organization. It’s sad to see a guy like that go, but at the same time you want what’s best for him and you just wish him the best of luck,” he said.
Boldin’s moved was matched on Monday by the news that Percy Harvin would be switching the Minnesota Vikings for the Seattle Seahawks in what was a big day for the NFC West.