Baltimore Ravens' Trade of Anquan Boldin to San Francisco 49ers Reeks of Collusion

By Ben Grimaldi
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The Baltimore Ravens just traded wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth round pick, sending shock waves throughout the NFL. Boldin was asked to take a pay cut by the Ravens, which he balked at, so the Ravens found a way to get rid of the  productive wide receiver.

This move comes on the heels of the Seattle Seahawks trading for former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin in what is developing as a nice game of ‘top this’ by the NFC West rivals.

Please excuse my skepticism but this trade reeks of tampering by the Ravens and 49ers. Let’s forget for a moment that the teams involved are coached by brothers Jim and John Harbaugh; actually no, that’s impossible to do because by all appearances this has inside job written all over it. Spare me the fact that trades aren’t made by coaches and that they have more to do with general managers and owners because no organization would trade a good player for a box of Rice-A-Roni. Which is the equivalent of what the 49ers gave up for their new San Francisco treat.

Boldin is no longer a star player by any stretch of the imagination but he’s still very good and he’s still one of the better clutch receivers in the league. He’s also one of the best blocking wide receivers in the game, and surprise, the 49ers just happen to run the ball extremely well. He’s a great fit for the San Fran offense, which just got a little bit better.

The league should look into this trade because it stinks of impropriety and collusion. The NFL should do their due diligence and investigate this trade because if they don’t, speculation with continue to grow that the Harbaugh Brothers coordinated this entire thing. After all, didn’t Boldin say he would retire rather than play for another team? Perhaps he meant he’ll retire unless he plays for a Harbaugh.

Harvin just got traded for a first-round pick and more, while Boldin got moved for a sixth round pick, yet Boldin had more catches, yards and touchdowns than Harvin did, so someone has some explaining to do. I know Harvin got hurt, is younger and more explosive, but he’s also going to need an expensive new contract and he’s frequently hurt, while Boldin is cheaper and stays on the field more. I’m not saying Harvin isn’t the better player, he is, but the compensation for Boldin doesn’t add up.

The trade of Anquan Boldin to the 49ers for a sixth round pick reeks and it needs to be reviewed by the NFL before the stench gets worse.

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