Nearly a week after Super Bowl XLVII, it looks like Ray Lewis might not be the only Baltimore Ravens player going out on top. Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin said that if the Ravens cut him this off-season, that he would retire from the NFL.
Boldin is due approximately $6 million for next season, but there has been speculation that Baltimore will release the 10-year veteran in order to make salary cap room so that quarterback Joe Flacco could get a long-term contract.
It’s plain to see that Boldin is only willing to play for the Ravens. In 2012, Boldin led Baltimore in receiving yards, and proved to be Flacco’s go-to receiver in the postseason by scoring four touchdowns.
I can understand why Boldin doesn’t want to play for another team. One reason is that the Ravens are the defending Super Bowl champions, and have a pretty good chance to win it again in 2013. Another reason is that the chances of him teaming up with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL are slim-to-none. He already has a rapport with Flacco, an up-and-coming quarterback, and fellow receiver Torrey Smith. Anyone who has been in the league as long as he has probably doesn’t want to hit the reset button and take the time to get use to new surroundings.
Ten years in the league is considered a long career, considering the fact that the average life span of an NFL career is drastically shorter. Boldin has pretty much done it all. An Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, Pro Bowl appearances, over 10,000 career-receiving yards and a Super Bowl ring all has its place on Boldin’s professional resume.
If you ask me, I think the chances of Boldin returning are slim, because the Ravens will be more dedicated to locking down their franchise quarterback. Look for Boldin to join Lewis in his walk into the sunset.
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